Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar each week for 12 weeks |
Total Time Commitment: 2 hour seminar each week for 12 weeks, and reading time and assignment preparation totalling 40hrs in the semester.
Admission to a postgraduate coursework program or fourth year honours in development studies, environment, planning, gender and development, resource management, public policy, international politics, geography or anthropology, or permission of the subject coordinator.
|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 Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/|
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Simon Batterbury
Phone: 8344 9319
|Subject Overview:||The subject provides students with a critical understanding of key environment and development issues, using a political ecology perspective. The subject will help students understand human-environment relationships and key development issues, with cases from developing and developed countries. Political ecologists use a variety of approaches to understand complex human-environment problems, and these are applied to concrete situations. We critically analyze a number of development initiatives that are reconstituting human-environment relationships and, in some cases, promoting new forms of 'environmental governance'. The range of topics covered does change, and some indicative ones are; supporting rural livelihoods; water management; conservation policy; urban environmental governance; the environmental outcomes of corporate misdeeds; and environmental movements. Through a seminar presentation, reading, and participation, students will learn how different institutions, and the politics surrounding them, impose constraints upon, and present opportunities for, the promotion of sustainable and equitable development.|
|Assessment:||An essay of 4000 words 80% (due at the end semester), an oral presentation equivalent to 1000 words 10% (during the semester), seminar participation throughout the semester 10%.|
|Prescribed Texts:||Subject readings will be available on the LMS system|
|Recommended Texts:||Robbins, P. 2004. Political Ecology: a critical introduction. Blackwell. See also the 'Journal of Political Ecology' online.|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:|| |
Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development) |
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Climate Change |
Governance, Policy and Communication
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