Environmental Studies is a multi-disciplinary field of research interested in the co-production of the environment by humans and the natural world. In this unit of study you will gain deep insight into the major pathways that guide research in this field. In the first section of this unit, you will engage in active debate with teaching staff and fellow students about key ideas, and methodologies in environmental studies, and how they influence the ways in which environmental research is positioned within society. This will extend the knowledge you have gained from your previous undergraduate studies in this area. In the second section of the unit, you will participate in a reading club with fellow students to systematically review core research contributions in this field. This will provide the breadth of knowledge that will enable you to undertake advanced, original research in this complex, inter-disciplinary area.
lecture/seminar for 9 hours over three weeks, 2 day retreat, 10 hours journal club/reading exercise
major essay 4,000 words (40%), group presentation (20%), literature review 1, 500 words (40%)
Have a broad understanding of fundamental concepts in natural and social sciences, and how these apply to practice, policies and institutions relevant to environment issues; be able to collate, synthesise and critically evaluate information in environmental studies from relevant sources.