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Environment and Story (ENST10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENST10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to the skills of interdisciplinary thinking, writing and reading, and brings together knowledge and perspectives from different disciplines for discussing complex social and environmental challenges. Drawing from disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, media studies, philosophy and environmental studies, the relationship between humans and the natural environment will be explored. The subject will consider the role of stories as a cultural medium for storing and communicating the knowledge and values of a society. We will raise questions such as: What is a natural environment or 'nature'? How do humans relate to nature? How do we socially and ethically position animals, plants or landforms? How is nature represented in our major stories and cultural narratives? Is society listening to the stories of the land? This subject engages with a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholarship, and provides a way for students to theorise the interaction of different knowledge systems in relation to land management.

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (extended) or the Bachelor of Science (extended).

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • a knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary cultural perceptions of nature, and how these perceptions may be constructed, deconstructed, questioned, challenged and subverted;
  • an understanding of key concepts and topics employed by the environmental humanities;
  • explored ideas for restoring and developing human connection with the environment;
  • recognised the roles of connection to place, storytelling and environmental philosophy, in environmental ethics; and
  • learnt to value learning and knowledge through a plurality of methods and experiences.

Generic skills

at the completion of this subject, students should gain generic skills in the following areas:

  • critical and creative thinking, based on an understanding of the connections between story, knowledge, environmental ethics and place;
  • oral communication;
  • collaborative and individual learning;
  • research essay writing; and
  • interdisciplinary thinking.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

100-008 Environment and Story

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 800 word reflective essay, due Week 3 (20%)
  • Tutorial presentation and report (1200 word equivalent), due during semester with the report due one week after the presentation (20%)
  • 2000 word research essay, due in the exam period (50%)
  • Participation, ongoing throughout the semester (10%)

Hurdle Requirement: this subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of assessment must be completed to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 36 hours: 2 x 1.5-hour seminars per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    All the resources will be available on LMS.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (extended) or the Bachelor of Science (extended).

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

Last updated: 30 April 2019