Environmental Politics and Management

Subject GEOG20003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: one 2-hour lecture & one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Sangeetha Chandra-Shekeran


Email: sangeetha.chandra@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

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.

Learning Outcomes:


  • 5%, a stakeholder assessment of 500 words, due first Monday after Easter non-teaching period
  • 50% an essay of 2,000 words, due end of semester teaching period
  • 30% a take-home examination of 1,500 words, due in the exam period
  • 10% an oral presentation of a tutorial paper. Presentation to be given in 2 person teams. No longer than 10 minutes per person (due during semester).
  • 5% tutorial attendance and participation (includes weekly reflections on readings)

Each component of assessment must be completed for a student to be able to pass this subject.

All assessments will be marked for appropriate referencing and checked for plagiarism and for stylometry.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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.

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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major
Environmental Geography
Environmental Studies
Environments Discipline subjects
Geomatics (Geomatic Engineering) major
Human Geography
Human Geography
Integrated Geography
Integrated Geography
Landscape Ecosystem Management major
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
Urban Design and Planning major
Related Breadth Track(s): People and Environment

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