Contemporary Environmental Issues

Subject ENST90019 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two hours of lectures/seminars per week.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
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 Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview: This subject involves the study of selected key issues in the field of environmental studies. The subject will assist students in broadening their understanding of environmental processes and update their knowledge of current debates and emerging themes in environmental studies, with special attention to concerns, theories and practices (most likely to be of an interdisciplinary nature) that are not currently covered in depth through other subjects taught at the University. Students will do this through following the readings and lectures/ seminars presented by visiting specialist academic(s).
  • gain advanced analytical skills related to contemporary environmental issues
  • become familiar with current debates in contemporary environmental issues
  • expand their knowledge of environmental theories
  • be able to pursue research in a specialised area of study

Assessment: Written assignments totaling 5,000 words, due dates set at the beginning of semester.
Prescribed Texts: The subject coordinator will provide a list of required readings.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • Independent research on topics relevant to the subject
  • Participate successfully in group discussions
  • Further develop their critical thinking though readings, class discussions, collaboration and assessment
  • Further develop analytical approaches and knowledge in contemporary environmental issues

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