• Code ENVS8048
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 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, Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Environmental Science
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Craig Strong
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Autumn Session 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    Spring Session 2024
    See Future Offerings

This is a shell course that allows the delivery of developing environment, society and sustainability curriculum content to groups of students over intensive or semester long formats. An academic lead of each developing curriculum content (topic) develops teaching content, assessment and management. Each topic varies, reflecting the interests, authority and expertise of those teaching the course. The mode of delivery and location of this courses varies. Some topics are taught intensively, others are taught seminar-long. The content will provide students with study opportunities not covered in other courses taught in the Fenner School of Environment & Society or elsewhere in the University. Depending on the topic, students may be required to take part in lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, discussion groups, field trips and other activities. Assessment and work integrated learning opportunities will differ between each offering.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Pursue a sustained guided investigation of a topic relevant to the environment, society and/or sustainability.
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodology and/or evidence, analyse data using appropriate methods and tools, and draw appropriate evidence-based conclusions.
  3. Critically evaluate their own work and results as well as published research. 
  4. Communicate research concepts and results effectively in appropriate formats.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course

Other Information

This course code is used for a variety of special topics classes offered to advanced environment and society students. The topics vary from semester to semester, and interested students should seek advice from the course convener. The specific assessment tasks will vary from topic to topic, but is likely to cover the disciplinary breadth of the Fenner School of Environment & Society. The topics for each semester will be listed on the FSES webpage during O-Week for the relevant semester, and students will also find there details (location or Zoom link) for an informational meeting held at 10:00 am on the first Monday of the semester. All interested students are invited to attend the meeting. Information about permission codes will be provided then.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The nature and weightings of assessment items will be customised in negotiation with each student. An example of typical assessment is: (null) [LO null]
  2. Development and presentation of a research/learning plan (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Presentation of one or more short seminars (15 - 30 min) (20) [LO 3,4]
  4. A summary paper or papers of 5000 words in total (6 units) or 8000 words in total (12 units) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours per 6 units of enrolment.

Delivered as an intensive over two weeks, students should expect

  • Approximately 80 hours Face-to face component from 9:00-17:00 comprising lectures, practicals and field excursions.
  • Approximately 50 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Delivered as a semester long 12 week experience, students should expect

  • 3 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 3 hour workshop per week (including some field based activities).
  • 52 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To complete this course, students may be required to participate in field or laboratory activities. In order to participate, 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;
  • Move and manipulate laboratory equipment under direction;
  • 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

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $780 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2852 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5232 01 Apr 2024 19 Apr 2024 19 Apr 2024 30 Jun 2024 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Soil in Practice
7841 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9214 01 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 31 Dec 2024 In Person N/A

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