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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 challenge;
- 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.
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: 21 January 2020