- Code EMDV8014
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Climate
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Rebecca Colvin
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2023
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.
This is a research-intensive course that allows students to explore in greater depth a research topic of their own choice in the area of environmental, development and climate change policy. Students will undertake independent research, supported by the course convenor and provided resources. The course is intended to foster students' capabilities and confidence in defining an important research question, developing a rigorous and feasible approach/method, and writing a coherent and compelling research paper. Generally, students undertake policy analysis, conceptual or literature syntheses, or analysis of existing and accessible materials. The final research paper, targeted at around 5,000 words in length, serves to establish and demonstrate the students' area of expertise. High achieving students have pursued, and succeeded in achieving, formal academic publication of their research papers. The course is based around 'class meetings' that are responsive to student needs, and highly discussion-based. Peer learning occurs through these class meetings, as well as a special session toward the end of semester when students present the findings of their research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Plan and conduct independent research on a supervised topic related to environmental, development and climate change policy.
- Communicate the context, methodologies and findings of the research clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Critically reflect upon and synthesise complex information, issues, concepts and theories as they apply to the climate change policy topic.
- Demonstrate ethically sound and professional research practice.
- Research proposal (1,500 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Oral and written overview of preliminary findings (1,500 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final research paper (5,000 words) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class contact and independent study.
See Wattle. A course handbook is provided to students that curates key readings to align with activities toward completion of the research paper.
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