• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Policy Studies
  • Minor code ENVP-MIN

Policy expertise is scarce in the rapidly expanding areas of natural resource management, urban environmental management, and sustainable development. There are significant career opportunities in all three levels of Australian government, as well as in the expanding regional organisations, and in the private sector. In particular, graduates with substantial policy skills matched with a sound background in areas such as climate science, water science, landscape ecology and similar areas are highly sought after, in Australia and internationally. The minor in Environmental Policy offers foundational knowledge in public policy, placed firmly within the context of some of the big challenges in areas such as climate impacts and adaptation, landscape management and water resource management. Details of environmental policy positions that many former ANU students are now working in are at: <http://fennerschool-people.anu.edu.au/richard_baker/resources/formernow.html>.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and critically assess environmental policy and planning theory and practice at scales from the local to the global.

  2. Analyse specific environmental planning and policy issues in theoretical frameworks and over different time scales.

  3. Employ advanced research, writing and presentation skills, including the preparation of written material relevant to the public policy sphere (i.e. ministerial policy briefs and/or policy submissions).

  4. Describe and evaluate key environmental public policies related to: (inter alia) the Murray-Darling Basin, climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainability in business and industry, regional planning, land care, public participation, cultural heritage, and the role of Indigenous people in environmental policy and planning.

  5. Engage constructively and in an informed manner in environmental policy debates.

Other Information

Students interested in Environmental Policy are encouraged to take as part of their degree program at least one of ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability and ENVS1008 Sustainable Development.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Environmental Policy minor.

As an exception, courses listed in this minor but not listed in the Science course list will contribute towards the 96 unit Science requirement for students completing the minor.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from the completion of the following course:

ENVS3028 - Environmental Policy (6 units)

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of courses from the following list:

ENVS2007 - Economics for the Environment (6 units)

ENVS3015 - Essentials of Environmental Law (6 units)

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of courses from the following list:

ENVS3020 - Climate Change Science & Policy (6 units)

ENVS3033 - International Environmental Policy (6 units)

INDG3001 - Public Policy Development and Implementation and Indigenous Australians (6 units)

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