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Environmental Politics and Management (GEOG20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeGEOG20003
Semester 1
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

  • 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.



Non-allowed subjects


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

  • 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 coordinatorPhilippa Chandler
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hourstwo 1-hour lectures & one 1-hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 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.

Further information

Last updated: 25 July 2019