- Class Number 5343
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On-campus
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Christina Griffin
- Christina Griffin
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
This course provides students with an understanding and capacity to use key, critical social science practices applied in analysing environment and development problems and natural resource policy. These include common property theory; sociology of the state and the environment; socio-legal approaches to natural resources policy; and other political ecology frameworks. The course introduces students to key conceptual (theoretical) readings together with case studies where these approaches are applied. Students learn to apply these frameworks to analyse the political aspects of environmental change and to evaluate interventions to deal with them. Students also perform political ecology analyses of particular natural resource problems in small groups.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of this course, students will be able to:
* Explain key theoretical social science frameworks for looking at environmental and development problems
* Compare and assess the comparative value and usefulness of different conceptual approaches from policy sciences, political ecology, and other knowledge areas for understanding particular issues or problems.
* Apply these frameworks to analyse policy issues, preferably by combining these conceptual models in order to approach environmental policy and practical applied issues.
This course introduces students to key political ecology concepts and critical approaches used to analyse environmental problems. Each week, we will connect theory with practical examples to show how environmental issues arise in different contexts, and to consider openings for intervention. It is based on years of research in rural change, climate change and development in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Robbins, P. (2020). Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition). New York: Routledge
Robbins, P., Hintz, J.G., & Moore, S.A. (2014). Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction, Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture - Week 1. Introduction to Political Ecology||Why are environmental problems political?|
|2||Lecture - Week 2. Property Rights: Beyond the tragedy of the commons||What are common property rights and how have they shaped resource management approaches in various contexts around the world?|
|3||Lecture - Week 3. Access to and Control over Natural Resources||Who gets to use natural resources and who is excluded?|
|4||Lecture - Week 4. Looking for solutions: Critical institutionalism||How can we understand environmental problems and create interventions despite all their complexity?|
|5||Lecture - Week 5: The State and the Environment||What role does the state play in environmental governance?|
|6||Lecture - Week 6. Environmental knowledge and policy approaches.||How is environmental policy made and what forms of knowledge assumptions underpin different approaches?|
|7||Lecture - Week 7. Political Economy and the Environment (PEA)||How might PEA used to understand and manage environmental problems?|
|8||Lecture - Week 8. Applying Political Economy Analysis||How can PEA be used to identify just and sustainable energy transitions?|
|9||Lecture - Week 9. Environmental and climate justice.||What is environmental and climate justice and how can we forward critical climate action?|
|10||Lecture - Week 10. Envisioning environmental utopia||How might we reimagine environmental futures?|
|11||Lecture - Week 11 & 12. Student Presentations||Make a work in progress presentation of your political economy analysis of a critical natural resource issue of your choosing.|
See link to Microsoft groups in the Wattle site.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Essay 1: Survey of two property rights cases||30 %||09/09/2022||*||1, 2|
|Class presentation: 5 min 'work in progress' presentation for essay 2||0 %||*||*||1, 2, 3|
|Essay 2: Political economy case study||60 %||06/11/2022||01/12/2022||1, 2, 3|
|Weekly reading briefs||10 %||*||*||1, 2, 3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Students are encouraged to participate through engaging in in class and online discussions to hone their reflective writing brief and through writing their reading responses.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Essay 1: Survey of two property rights cases
Write an essay comparing two property rights cases using concepts delivered in weeks 2-4 of class. 1000 words.
Due 11.55 pm on 28 August
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Class presentation: 5 min 'work in progress' presentation for essay 2
Present a brief 'work in progress' presentation of your case and key arguments for essay 2. This presentation allows you to gain feedback and ask questions as you develop your final essay. Presentations are 5 mins long and will be held in weeks 11 and 12.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Essay 2: Political economy case study
Write an essay on a suggested case topic (water, forests,fishery, mining, or land issue) identifying the drivers of the problem and possible openings for reform, using a political economy analysis.
2,000 word case study
Due 11.55 pm on 6 November
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Weekly reading briefs
Students will be required to respond to two simple question for eight weeks (weeks 2-9) based on the core readings. The response needs to submitted prior to the workshop. The activity is designed to ensure student participation and engagement with the readings prior to the Monday morning lecture and workshop (in class) or Tuesday workshop (on-line). Approximately 300 words for each weekly response.
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Dr Christina Griffin works on issues related to rural livelihoods, climate change adaptation and disaster risk.