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Understanding Environmental Complexity (10228.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (185583) - View
  • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (182017) - View
  • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (169922) - View

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The unit introduces students to the idea that environmental issues are complex. The unit adopts a perspective that environmental issues can be investigated as socio-ecological systems. Students will learn to explore the inherent complexity of factors that are relevant, the diversity of stakeholders and management mechanisms, and the difficulty of addressing 'wicked' problems.

This unit is co-taught with Understanding Environmental Complexity G, 10229.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand a socio-ecological systems approach both locally and globally;

2. Analyse the complexity of a socio-ecological system;

3. Apply reflective and critical thinking to scientific, societal and personal perspectives and understand the constraints on addressing 'wicked problems';

4. Understand the diversity of stakeholders relevant to environmental issues and be able to communicate effectively to these diverse groups, with a particular focus on indigenous perspectives of environmental management; and

5. Work effectively as individuals and teams in conducting investigations and writing reports.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

4 hours per week The mode of delivery is Standard face-to-face teaching and online. This will consist of 4 hrs of contact for 11 weeks and 2 days of field trips.


24cp unspecified credit points



Assumed Knowledge

General knowledge of environmental issues

Incompatible Units

Environmental Planning and Assessment G, 8639

Equivalent Units

Environmental Planning and Assessment, 6918

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