Environment and Story

Subject ENST10001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2.5 A 1-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 102
Prerequisites: Admission to the BA (Extended).
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the 3Disability Liaison Unit website: 4http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Rebecca Lucas,


Subject Overview: This subject exposes students to ecophilosophical thinking and practices for addressing the current environmental crisis. It seeks to raise students’ awareness of the ethical relationships between story, knowledge and connection to place through the combination of conventional academic learning and creative approaches. Students will consider how bringing together story, philosophy, ecology and ethics may develop peoples’ ecological consciousness and create ways for redressing environmental damage caused by dominant human epistemology and behaviour. This will be done using written narrative, oral description, performance or ritual, and fieldwork (acknowledging the presences of other-than-human life in the bush and in the city). Students will consider how stories enrich and animate a place, and generate an ecological understanding of place. The subject also seeks to raise awareness of cross-cultural connections with Country, and promote shared experiences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Students who complete this subject will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of ideas which have been involved in human destruction of the earth;
  • an understanding of key ecophilosophical concepts and topics (the other-than-human subject. intersubjective experience and epistemology, ecology and ethics);
  • a knowledge of exploring how to restore human connection with the environment;
  • discovered connections to place, through a clear awareness of self and others;
  • learnt to value learning and knowledge through a plurality of methods and experiences.
Assessment: One short creative essay of 800 words early in semester (25%), one research essay of 1500 words due in examination period (50%), ecological workshop participation and report during semester (15%), attendance and participation (10%).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete this subject will develop skills in the following areas:
  • critical and creative thinking, based on an understanding of the connections between story, knowledge, environmental ethics and place;
  • cral communication;
  • collaborative and individual learning;
  • research essay writing
  • interdisciplinary thinking.
Notes: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) program.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Extended)

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