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This subject is natural history. This is an old, lovely, and holistic term referring to what is in the natural world. This subject joins the humanities and the sciences; it will be delivered across disciplines, with a rich and exciting mix of material and information. It is an overview of: human history and past landscapes; Earth history; some soils; how plants work; material conserved in collections; the history of natural history collecting; herbaria, museums, arboretums, and national parks; indigenous knowledge; agricultural history; ocean systems; and dealing with natural history in a designed, built, and managed future. It is suitable for all built environment majors as an Elective. Breadth students are very welcome; this will be an excellent subject for you. This subject will extend written skills and enhance appreciation of the variety of the natural world.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Have a good understanding of the range of inquiry in natural history, and how these inquiries are relevant today
- Have an improved ability to collect, discuss and understand a range of materials
Last updated: 2 December 2023