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Understanding Environmental Complexity G (10229.2)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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    • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (169923) - 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, 10228.

    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; and

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

    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.





    Assumed Knowledge

    General knowledge of environmental issues.

    Incompatible Units


    Equivalent Units

    Environmental Planning and Assessment G, 8639.

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