- Code EMDV8101
- 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 Geography, Anthropology, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Policy Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2024
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.
The need to pursue environmental sustainability, address poverty alleviation and bring about social justice leads to calls for ambitious societal transformations. Few aspects of knowledge for sustainability are more crucial than those concerning the strategies and processes required to drive required change. This course equips students with the skills and expertise to conceptualise and evaluate reform strategies promoting socio-environmental transformations. It introduces students to different conceptualisations of transformation – social-ecological, structural and enabling frameworks – and outlines practical principles for effective research and action towards sustainability. Students learn to connect critical conceptual (theoretical) readings with practical examples, explore how environmental issues arise in different contexts, and consider openings for intervention through cases where these approaches are applied. Students also explore particular environmental problems in small groups and develop an analysis of a specific problem of their choosing, assessing opportunities and constraints facing different strategies to address the issue. In each section of the course, students will consider the advantages and disadvantages of each conceptual approach to transformations, considering how the approaches might be combined to drive socio-environmental transformations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain critical theoretical social science frameworks for examining environmental and development issues.
- Compare and assess the comparative value and usefulness of different conceptual approaches from policy sciences, political ecology, socio-ecological systems and other knowledge areas for understanding critical socio-environmental issues.
- Use critical theoretical and applied approaches as an analytical lens to interpret and draw insights from socio-environmental change and its ramifications.
- Be able to convincingly define a socio-environmental problem, investigate a range of possible alternative solutions to that problem, and construct a persuasive argument about the best approach to addressing that problem, drawing on relevant scholarly literature on the topic
- Develop the skills to do this effectively, working with other students in analysing issues, producing a well-written report on it and successfully communicating this work to an audience of students in an oral presentation.
- Employ these frameworks, combining these conceptual models to evaluate reform strategies for socio-environmental transformation.
This course is based on research and policy related work that entails using key, critical social science practices to analyse environment and development problems and natural resource policy. In a similar fashion to a policy analyst, a student needs to apply these frameworks to analyse particular environmental issues and to evaluate
interventions to deal with them.
- Reading Brief (min 200 wds x 8) (10) [LO 1,2]
- Survey Essay (1500 wds) (30) [LO 1,2]
- Work in progress presentation (0) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Case study essay (2000 wds) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.
Robbins, P. (2020) Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, third edition)
link to ebook https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b2226337
Benjaminsen, T and H Svarstad (2021) Political Ecology: A Critical Engagement with Global Environmental Issues
Ely, A (2022) Transformative Pathways to Sustainability Learning Across Disciplines, Cultures and Contexts Earthscan
Tor A. Benjaminsen, Hanne Svarstad (2021) Political Ecology: A Critical Engagement with Global Environmental Issues, Palgrave Macmillan
Bryant, R.L. (2015) The international handbook of political ecology. Edward Elgar Publishing. Full text online in library
Perreault, T. G Bridge, & J. McCarthy (eds.) (2015) The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology. London ; New York, NY, Routledge. Full text online in library
Robbins, P, J Hintz, S.A. Moore (2013) Environment and Society Wiley. (available as ebook from ANU library)
O'Lear, S. 2010. Environmental Politics. Scale and Power. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Connelly, J. Smith, G., D. Benson and C. Saunders, 2012. Politics and the Environment From Theory to Practice. Oxon: Routledge.
Death, C (ed) (2014) Critical Environmental Politics Routledge ebook available from ANU library
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7230||22 Jul 2024||29 Jul 2024||31 Aug 2024||25 Oct 2024||In Person||N/A|
|9071||22 Jul 2024||29 Jul 2024||31 Aug 2024||25 Oct 2024||Online||N/A|