• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Climate
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Keith Barney
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2024
    Winter Session 2024
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The 2024 Pre Sessional Program commencement dates: Summer session - 15 January; Winter session - 17 June

This course provides a series of introductory lectures on contemporary environmental and resource-related challenges that affect human societies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Students arrive into Crawford programs with many different backgrounds and levels of exposure to environment-related research, either in Australia or from overseas. The course aims to introduce environment, development and climate change postgraduate students to the big ideas in environmental science that underpin our understanding of the state and trends of the planet’s environment. It explores the history of sustainability and how communities and governments have responded to growing concerns about environmental degradation, resource depletion and climate change (and the role science has played in this response). Students are exposed to approaches to environmental and development policy that are seeking to respond to these challenges.

The course consists of a series of core environmental lectures, with extensive opportunities for student engagement. Guest sessions led by the program convenors provide students with insights into how their learning program could be structured. The capstone of the course is the preparation and presentation of a "Plan of Study", in sessions led by the Head of Department. Through this course, students are supported in devising a tailored set of degree program learning goals, objectives, strategies and facilitating resources. A strong student cohort experience is facilitated during the crucial first weeks of starting a new degree program.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the major environmental challenges and state of knowledge around planetary ecological challenges.
  2. Engage in contemporary public policy debates concerning nature, environment, climate and development.
  3. Critically read, reflect and analyse scholarly outputs on environmental challenges.
  4. Independently form, articulate and communicate their own ideas and concepts about the environment, climate and development challenges.
  5. Devise and communicate a personalised post-graduate program of learning.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Regular class participation, engagement and active involvement in class discussions (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Class Presentations on an Environmental Challenge (15-20 mins total) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Presentation on a "Plan of Study" (20) [LO 3,4,5]
  4. Written "Plan of Study" (500-750 words) (40) [LO 3,4,5]

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This course proceeds over the pre-sessional program period prior to semester 1 and semester 2. Estimated workload is 30 hours including lecture sessions and assignment preparation time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1133 15 Jan 2024 25 Jan 2024 25 Jan 2024 16 Feb 2024 In Person View
1526 15 Jan 2024 25 Jan 2024 25 Jan 2024 16 Feb 2024 Online View

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6173 17 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 05 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 In Person N/A
6561 17 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 05 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 Online View

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