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Education and Social Change

MajorYear: 2017

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Overview

Education and Social Change is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

The creation of sustainable societies depends on fostering social change, whether through education, organisational and policy change or changes or individual behaviour. The Education and Social Change major develops knowledge and skills in education and change processes, enabling graduates to become agents of change within their organizations, communities and institutions, and to foster these skills in others.

Students will develop knowledge of historical, philosophical, socio-cultural, and psychological influences on environmental decision making and action. They will develop skills for social transformation for sustainability, drawing on studies in community organisation, project management and conflict resolution, and communication.

Students can expect to find employment in positions related to education and social change, such as environmental training officer positions in corporations, government agencies, in consulting companies, in teaching and in development agencies.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including:
    • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field
    • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures
    • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry
  • Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including:
    • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge
    • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change
    • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
    • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation
  • Demonstrated capacity to:
    • Exercise well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field
    • Plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice

Upon successful completion of the Education and Social Change specialisation, students will be able to:

  • Analyse the historical, philosophical, socio-cultural, and psychological factors influencing environmental decision making in a given context;
  • Propose strategies for using education and other transformative processes to encourage sustainable societies; and

Collaborate with professionals across disciplines and sectors to design and implement educational and social change programs.

Structure

200 credit points

Students will be required to complete three core subjects. Students in the 200 point pathway must also take at least 12.5 points of subjects from the compulsory capstone subjects – these subjects enable students to complete an independent project related to professional practices in environmental education and change processes. Students in the 100 point pathway will not normally be required to complete this component. Students must also undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Education and Social Change major coordinator. More information about this stream can be found here:

http://environment.unimelb.edu.au/study/specialisations/education-and-social-change

Subject Options

Core Subjects

Students must complete the following three core subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MULT90004 Sustainability Governance and Leadership
March
July
12.5
MULT90005 Interdisciplinarity and the Environment
March
Semester 2
12.5
EDUC90006 Environmental Education
Semester 1
12.5

Compulsory Capstone Experience Subjects

Students must complete at least 12.5 points from the following compulsory capstone subjects - please note that if you select either a 25 or 50 point research project that spreads across two semesters you must enrol into the Part 1 and Part 2 subjects over consecutive semesters. Students completing the 100 point pathway will normally be exempt from this requirement.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90035 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90036 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90037 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90038 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt2
January
July
25
ENST90039 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90040 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90041 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90042 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt2
January
July
25

Elective Subjects

Students should make up the balance of the award with electives. Subjects in the list below are recommended. Other subjects may be taken with the approval of stream coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ABPL90009 Participation and Negotiation
July
December
12.5
GEOG90021 Conservation and Cultural Environments
Semester 1
12.5
DEVT90041 Development Research Design & Assessment
February
12.5
EDUC90626 Transforming Sustainability Education
August
12.5
ENST70001 Environmental Research Proj (50 Long)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
October
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
HPSC90010 Environment and Knowledge
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS70068 Environmental Law
September
12.5
NRMT90003 Social Research Methods
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90007 Statistics for Research Workers
Winter Term
12.5
DEVT90001 Development Project Management & Design
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90017 Global Environmental Change
Semester 1
12.5
ENST90004 Climate Change Politics and Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90019 Consumerism and the Growth Economy
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90230 Environmental Challenges & Global Health
July
12.5
ENST90023 Managing Innovation and Change
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
NRMT90007 Community Natural Resource Management
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT90030 Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT90165 Social Entrepreneurship
Semester 2
12.5
ECON90016 Environmental Economics and Strategy
Semester 1
12.5
ENST90017 Environmental Policy Instruments
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90032 Sustainability and Behaviour Change
Semester 1
12.5
EDUC90729 Conducting Educational Research Not available in 2017 12.5
EDUC90638 Educating for Knowledge & Understanding
March
12.5
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70001 Environmental Research Proj (50 Long)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70002 Environmental Industry Research: 50 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90024 Environmental Research Project - 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90026 Environmental Industry Research: 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
NRMT90017 Leadership
February
12.5
PPMN90031 Public Policy Lobbying Strategies
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90012 Science Communication
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90001 Global Environment and Sustainability Not available in 2017 12.5
Last updated: 19 October 2018