|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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.
Eligibility and requirements
Usually completion of 100 points of first and/or second year subjects including at least 50 points at 100-level from approved subjects in your home faculty.
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
- 10%, weekly pre-tutorial reflections on readings (100 words x 8 weeks);
- 15%, a stakeholder assessment of 600 words equivalent, due prior to Easter non-teaching period;
- 40% an essay of 1,600 words, due Week 9;
- 25% a take-home examination of 1,000 words, due in the exam period; and
- 10% an oral presentation. Presentation to be given in 2 person teams. No longer than 10 minutes per person (due during semester).
Each of the assessment components must be attempted (i.e. a submission must be made for marking) for a student to be able to pass this subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Philippa Chandler Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours two 1-hour lectures & one 1-hour tutorial per week Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
170 hours It is a hurdle requirement that students attend 8 out of 11 weeks of tutorials. Attendance will be taken.
- Subject notes
Students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), or a combined BSc course (except for the BA/BSc) may receive science credit on the completion of this subject.
BSc students may receive second year level credit for this subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation Selective subjects for B-BMED Major Human Geography Informal specialisation Human Geography Informal specialisation Integrated Geography Major Environmental Geography Informal specialisation Environments Discipline subjects Major Urban Design and Planning major Major Integrated Geography Major Landscape Ecosystem Management major Minor Environmental Studies Major Geography Informal specialisation Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI Breadth track People and Environment
- Breadth options
- 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.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.