Environmental Politics and Management

Subject GEOG20003 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: one 2-hour lecture & one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

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 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/


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Email: 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject explores a range of contemporary environmental issues in Australia, and internationally, and the ways in which people in these places engage with and manage these issues. Examining the history of the emergence and management of particular environmental issues, case studies are used to illuminate ways of understanding the politics of these issues and managing them in the present. The subject examines linkages between the scientific, cultural, economic and political dimensions of environmental politics and management and examines the forms of knowledge and types of power that construct and mediate people’s relationships with their environment. 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 environmental governance and sustainable development.

Learning Outcomes:


  • An oral presentation of a tutorial paper 10% (due during the semester).
  • An essay of 2500 words 50% (due after mid-semester break).
  • A take-home examination of 1500 words 35% (due at the end of semester).
  • Tutorial attendance and participation 5%.

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

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 Studies
Environments Discipline subjects
Geography Major
Geomatics (Geomatic Engineering) major
Human Geography
Integrated Geography
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
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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