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This subject explores a range of contemporary environmental problems in Australia and internationally. It uses case studies to understand the following: the history and emergence of the issues; the key actors who engage with and manage these issues; and the political dynamics and strategies for governance. The subject examines the multiple dimensions (scientific, socio-cultural, economic, political) of environmental issues and the forms of knowledge and types of power that construct and mediate people’s relationships with the environment. Students should become familiar with the factors that lead to environmental conflicts and the mechanisms used to contain or resolve them, and be able to interpret them in the context of broader questions relating to environmental governance and sustainability.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, you are expected to have:
- a broad understanding of the key underlying scientific, economic, political and cultural issues for a range of environmental problems and policies
- some familiarity with the actors and institutions involved in environmental politics, policy and management in Australia and internationally
- skills in analysing relations between groups, organisations, and the state that affect environmental outcomes
- improved skills in organising your thoughts into coherent verbal and written arguments.
- Be able to think critically about issues relating to environmental politics and management.
- Be able to develop a conceptual framework appropriate to understanding and interpreting environmental issues.
- Be able to learn research skills appropriate to understanding and interpreting environmental issues.
- Be able to write coherent and well-researched essays.
- Be able to engage in effective oral presentations.
Last updated: 16 June 2020