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Global and Regional Sustainability (ENV245)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit enables students to apply their understanding of sustainability and their knowledge of environmental systems to different scales ranging from regional to global. Students will develop competence to unpack the threats to sustainability and their underlying drivers. They will explore strategies to address them which incorporate technical, governance, economic and social approaches.
Unit Learning Outcomes The primary objective of this unit is to examine the many interacting factors that constitute sustainability issues and to understand some of the ways we can move to greater sustainability by actions at scales ranging from local to global.
After completing this course you should be able to:
1. describe how socio-economic and ecological dimensions interact and the significance of integrated responses to enhance sustainability.
2. demonstrate an understanding of the significance of and interaction between global, regional and local scales for sustainability issues.
3. critically analyse interconnections between environmental conditions and human values, practices, institutions.
4. use these skills and knowledge to suggest and critique practical actions and policies that enhance sustainability.
5. engage openly in critical, evidence-based discussion of sustainability challenges and options.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; Internal tutorials: 2 hours per week; External: 1.5 hours per week of virtual tutorials and group workshops online.
Unit Learning Experiences Students are expected to spend a total of 120 hours over a semester on this unit. Per week students will have
2.5 hours of face-to-face contact, with 7.5 hours available for independent and self-directed learning. The unit seeks to instil a critical perspective on sustainability issues across different scales, and as such exposes students to a wide variety of different sustainability themes and problems.
Student participation and engagement are central to this unit. For this reason, students are expected to actively engage with and facilitate discussion in their tutorial classes. Each week a group of students will facilitate a discussion on a given topic, which will also be peer assessed. The aim of the exercise is to not only assist with content transfer but also expose students to public speaking and reflective listening.

In lieu of tutorial facilitation, external students will work in groups on wiki discussions based on weekly topics and associated readings each week.

A creative project forms the centrepiece of assessment in this unit. This assessment comprises of two parts. Part A requires students to conduct research on a sustainability-related topic culminating in a 1500 word written academic paper, which then provides the theoretical basis for a creative piece to be developed and submitted later in the semester. Students are expected to translate and apply sustainability theory to a contemporary problem, to which they will need to give artistic expression.

A closed-book exam will form the final assessment for this unit, during which students are required to critically analyse unit content and apply it to current affairs and contemporary sustainability concerns.

Communication with and among students will be facilitated through the Moodle website, which is integral to the running of this unit. Activities/facilities include:
* Echo recordings for lectures.
* Discussion boards widely utilized by all modes of enrolment.
* Reader only available electronically on the website.
* Announcements made on through the website.
Assessment Tutorial facilitation/wiki: 20%
Creative project (40%) - Part A: 20% - Part B: 20%
Final exam: 40%
All assessment work goes beyond mere comprehension and reproduction of unit content. Students are required to critically engage with the unit content, challenging assumptions and ways of thinking, especially when examining current affairs and contemporary sustainability concerns. Tutorial facilitation serves the purpose of exploring the wide spectrum of views held on particular sustainability topics. The written assignment and the creative piece ask students to develop a robust theoretical grounding and to translate and apply theory using a medium other than academic writing.
Feedback to students will provided electronically via completed marking sheets/rubrics as well as face-to-face during tutorial sessions.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV212 Global and Regional Sustainability may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Note that while there are no pre-requisites students would benefit from taking introductory environmental science/sustainability units prior to enrolling.
This is a University-Wide Breadth Unit.If this unit is taken as a Core or Specified Elective unit in a student's major or minor, it cannot also be used to satisfy the University-Wide Breadth Unit requirement.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Sustainable Development (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Sustainable Development
Appears in these Minors Environmental Issues
Sustainable Development
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Jane Chambers
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2739
e: J.Chambers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.3.040 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Jane Chambers
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2739
e: J.Chambers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.3.040 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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