- Code ENVS8019
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Human Sciences, Sustainability Science
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Steven Lade
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2022
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In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
The course is designed to engage students in the practice of collaborative, integrative multidisciplinary research needed for tackling complex multi-scale issues involved in creating sustainable futures. Topics will include the ‘science wars' and knowledge systems, justice and fairness dimensions of interventions for sustainability, the role of institutions and civil society in regulating human behaviour, and patterns of consumption, resource use versus conservation, living with risk and uncertainty, balancing individual wants and social needs, global equality of access and opportunity.
The course involves student projects that investigate a future issue in a collaborative partnership with an external agency, institution, company or enterprise. Seminars will concentrate on the practice and application of research methodologies, methods and tools for doing and integrating research across many discipline areas.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand key current environmental issues and their implications across Australia and globally.
- Source reliable contemporary scientific research findings across the sustainability sector.
- Explain and apply contemporary theory and research methods employed in the sustainability sciences.
- Interpret and communicate research findings and their implications across the sustainability sector for decision-makers.
If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.
- Learning journal (25) [LO 1,2,3]
- Literature review of and policy recommendations on an agreed environmental science topic. (25) [LO 2,3]
- Grand challenge project (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Oral "Conference" presentation (10) [LO 1,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hour Seminar and 5 hours of skills development workshops throughout the semester.
- Approximately 89 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
- Australia State of Environment Report 2016. https://soe.environment.gov.au
- IPBES Summary for policymakers – Global Assessment. https://ipbes.net/global-assessment
- IPCC Global Warming of 1.5°C. 2018. https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/
- OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Australia 2019. http://www.oecd.org/australia/oecd-environmental-performance-reviews-australia-2019-9789264310452-en.htm
- UNEP Global Environmental Outlook GEO6. 2019. https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/global-environment-outlook-6
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