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GEOS2121: Environmental and Resource Management

We are in the midst of an unprecedented global ecological and climatological crisis, and consequently need to transform our social, political and economic systems. This crisis - its causes, its effects, and its solutions - are geographically unevenly distributed and situated. Therefore, this unit of study uses geographical concepts to consider what has caused this global crisis, how we should think about the relations and interactions between humans and their environments, and what some strategies are for managing our environment and resources to negotiate this predicament. Using examples focused in Australia, Asia, and the Pacific region, students will learn how to integrate environmental, economic, political, social and cultural considerations and perspectives, and how to evaluate environmental and resource management policies and ideas.

Code GEOS2121
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS1X01 or GEOS1X02 or ECOP1X01 or SIEN1000

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. articulate different constructions of nature and key concepts in environmental thought, and how these are socially and culturally specific
  • LO2. demonstrate the social, political, economic constitution, and outcomes, of environmental processes, change, and management
  • LO3. identify the uneven distribution of environmental ‘goods’ and ‘bads’ and the reasons for this outcome
  • LO4. critically interrogate different environmental and resource management theories and practices and outline their assumptions
  • LO5. describe key environmental and resource management challenges and their causes, particularly climate change
  • LO6. demonstrate skills in analysing and interpreting primary research data using Geographic Information Systems
  • LO7. present analysis of an environmental or resource challenge in a report (rather than essay)
  • LO8. organise and communicate a coherent argument in written, oral and inter-personal forms
  • LO9. demonstrate a sense of responsibility, and think critically and independently as a future scientists and global citizen.