• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Megan Arthur
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2023
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Welcome to 2050. We live in a healthy, sustainable and equitable world – how did we get here? The focus of this course is on understanding how to save people and the planet by moving beyond the consumptagenic system. Consumptagenic systems are the webs of multisectoral public policies; commercial practices, modes of understanding, and social norms, which incentivize and reward unhealthy, unequal and environmentally destructive production and consumption. These are major regulatory, governance and policy challenges. This interdisciplinary course draws from systems science, public health, climate science, sociology, psychology, political science and international relations. It provides students with the methodological skills to ask questions of how to encourage, steer and evaluate transitions within public policy, business, and civil society so as to achieve positive environmental, social, health and economic outcomes. Case studies in energy, food and urbanisation provides students with the opportunity to study highly relevant and topical policy issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand concepts related to consumptagenic systems, with the ability to critically analyse them in a climate change, inequality and health context
  2. Critically analyse contemporary governance and regulatory responses (local-global) to consumptagenic systems
  3. Conduct independent analysis that demonstrates scholarly engagement with the subject matter, developing ideas and analysis in a specific policy domain

Indicative Assessment

  1. Active participation in class (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Group Work (debate different regulatory and governance responses to identified consumptagenic problems of climate change, inequality and/or health)(recoded) (15) [LO 1,2]
  3. Research essay synthesising and analysing source material from multiple disciplines (max 3000 words) (75) [LO 1,2,3]

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Approximately 60 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Actual time required may vary with individual students.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Ison R and Straw E. The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking: Governance in a Climate Emergency. 2020. Routledge 

 Friel S. Climate Change and the People’s Health. Oxford University Press, 2019

Downie, C. (2015) 'Global energy governance: do the BRICs have the energy to drive reform?', International Affairs, 91(4), pp. 799-812

 Polanyi, K. and MacIver, R. M. (1944) The great transformation. Beacon Press Boston.

Steffen, W., Richardson, K., Rockstrom, J., Cornell, S. E., Fetzer, I., Bennett, E. M., Biggs, R., Carpenter, S. R., de Vries, W., de Wit, C. A., Folke, C., Gerten, D., Heinke, J., Mace, G. M., Persson, L. M., Ramanathan, V., Reyers, B. and Sorlin, S. (2015) 'Sustainability. Planetary boundaries: guiding human development on a changing planet', Science, 347(6223), pp. 1259855

Swinburn BA, Kraak VI, Allender S, Atkins VJ, Baker PI, Bogard JR, Brinsden H, Calvillo A, De Schutter O, Devarajan R, Ezzati M. Friel S, etal. The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission report. The Lancet. 2019, 393(10173):791-846

Wiedmann T, Lenzen M, Keyßer LT and Steinberger JK. Scientists’ warning on af?uence Nature Communications 2020 11:3107

Raworth K. Doughnut Economics : Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist Cornerstone, 2018



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3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $1980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $2910
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
4558 07 Aug 2023 18 Aug 2023 18 Aug 2023 22 Sep 2023 In Person View
4683 07 Aug 2023 18 Aug 2023 18 Aug 2023 22 Sep 2023 Online View

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