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This subject provides an introduction to critical concepts and issues related to environmental policy development and implementation, with specific reference to national and international policy domains. Students are introduced to relevant concepts, theoretical issues and practical tools for policy makers. They consider case studies relating to climate change, ozone depletion, water, land degradation, forest preservation, waste and 'sustainability planning'. These case studies include Australian, developing country and international dimensions and considerations. The subject is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Students will gain a practical understanding of issues confronting policymakers for a range of environment problems and solutions available to them.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject students will be able to understand how interactions between actors, national and international institutions and scientific, economic and normative discourses shape environmental policy in key areas of concern, including climate, water and biodiversity.
- Be able to demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis.
- Be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of policy analysis skills to empirical problems.
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Last updated: 18 December 2020