Environmental Politics and Management

Subject 671-342 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two hour-long lectures and an hour-long tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 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 Lisa Rebecca Palmer
Subject Overview:

This subject explores a range of contemporary Australian environmental issues, examining the history of their emergence and management during the past two centuries of European settlement. Case studies to illuminate ways of understanding and managing the Australian continent. The subject examines linkages between the scientific, cultural, economic and political dimensions environmental politics and management. Students should become familiar with mechanisms used to contain or resolve recent environmental conflicts, and be able to interpret them in the context of broader questions relating to ecological governance and sustainable development.

Assessment: Written work totalling 4000 words comprising an oral presentation of a tutorial paper 10% (due during the semester), an essay of 3000 words 60% (due after mid-semester break), a take-home examination of 1000 words 25% (due at the end of semester), and tutorial attendance 5%. Each component of assessment must be completed for a student to be able to pass this subject.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

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 Australian environmental politics and management;

  • be able to develop a conceptual framework appropriate to understanding and interpreting Australian environmental issues;

  • be able to learn research skills appropriate to understanding and interpreting Australian environmental issues;

  • be able to write coherent and well-researched essays;

  • be able to engage in effective oral presentations.


All BSc students, except those enrolled in the BA/BSc combined course and the BASc course, can only receive credit at the 200-level for this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Australian Studies Major
Environmental Studies
History & Philosophy of Science

Download PDF version.