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Contested Resources (EVSC20005)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeEVSC20005
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines challenges in landscape and ecosystem management using Cartesian and complexity science frameworks, such as systems thinking, resilience, decision analysis, ecological economics and related tools. The subject will expose how these frameworks are applied, along with their strengths and weaknesses using interesting and current international and domestic case study analysis. Students will learn about the practice of understanding and managing contests over multiple resources along with the implications for society, ecosystems and the interdependencies between them on a day long compulsory field trip. The field trip will take place during the semester. Students will be required to arrange their absence with other subjects. The estimated additional cost of the one-day field trip will be approximately $60 / student. Students are responsible for the cost of food.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe factors that contribute to conflicts over resources
  • Describe and evaluate several frameworks that originate in different disciplines for conceptualising and managing resource management challenges
  • Analyse case studies in which these frameworks have been applied to understand implications for society, environments and the interdependencies between them
  • Analyse resource challenges by selecting and then integrating appropriate disciplinary approaches

Generic skills

This subject contributes to the development of generic skills. On completion students should have further developed their skills in:

  • Analysis of complex problems
  • Written communication
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Synthesis of data with other information
  • Application of theory to practice

Last updated: 10 August 2019