- Code ENVS6101
- 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 Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Development Studies More...
This course critically analyses the relationships between people and their environments. It focuses on the big issue facing the globe - the equitable and sustainable use of this planet's resources. We examine different ways of conceptualising the nature of resources, the environment and society. The contrasts and connections between scientific and social science theory and methods will be examined. Key factors mediating the inter-relationships between society and environment will be explored including resource use, population and technological change. Other key concepts critically explored will include social justice, equity and sustainability. These issues will be explored through case studies that will include: the role of Indigenous people in resource management, the international dimension of global climatic change, water and land degradation and biodiversity conservation. Guest speakers will be drawn from the many ANU Colleges and the government, community and business sectors.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates (excluding the tutorial) but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse the social, cultural and linguistic diversity in environment-society relations in Australia and the world.
- Evaluate critically and apply different perspectives about the causes and consequences of environmental change.
- Explain and evaluate different ideas behind environmental policy and governance arrangements.
- Demonstrate a capacity to evaluate and respond constructively to different viewpoints.
- Conduct independent research on environmental issues drawing on relevant geography and environmental studies literature.
- Produce a high standard of written material, demonstrating independent research skills.
There are additional field trip fees (<$200) applicable to participation in this course (payment to ANU Science Shop).
- Field-based teaching and learning activity forms an integral and important part of many courses delivered by the Fenner School of Environment & Society. Fieldwork activities are designed to allow you put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom into practice in new environments and provide powerful enrichment to student learning.
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 website.
- Tutorial assessment tasks (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
- Report outline (10) [LO 2,3,4]
- Essay (40) [LO 2,3,4,6]
- Fieldtrip report (30) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]
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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 1 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour seminar plus 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week plus.
- A compulsory 3 day field trip during the mid-semester teaching break at the Kioloa Coastal Campus plus a one day field trip in the Canberra region. Please refer to Other Information for additional details.
- Approximately 43 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To complete this course, students must participate in the 1 day field trip to a domestic field location. In order to participate in the trip, students must be able to:
- Travel to the field location;
- Move through different natural environments, often navigating rough terrain, carrying sampling equipment and working in variable weather conditions;
- Monitor and manage their own health while studying and engaging with a small group of people in an isolated field location;
- Understand and respect the needs of other participants and act professionally throughout the trip.
For more information and requirements, please refer to the field trips information page.
Students who can provide evidence they are unable to meet this requirement may be able to choose other options or negotiate alternative participation and assessment requirements with the course convenor.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed text books, rather, a variety of recommended reading will be made available via Wattle.
Areas of Interest
- Human Ecology
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Development Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Human Sciences
- Policy Studies
- Population Studies
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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