Limits to Growth PG (10061.3)
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|Discipline Of Public Health||Post Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
The titular "Limits to Growth" (LTG) was the best-selling environmental book of the 1970s. It emerged from a time of high-level concern about the rate of human population growth and the consequent risk of famine. Early computer models produced by the authors forecast a collapse of civilisation by the middle of the 21st century, under a "business as usual" scenario. Widely ridiculed by the neoliberal establishment, awareness of LTG faded, to be revived by concern about climate change, the "sixth extinction" and other elements of the closely related concept of "Planetary Boundaries". However, discussion of population control has since become politically sensitive. We revisit LTG conceptual models and those that followed to understand the complex, multisector and interacting issues that must be addressed and critique our current capacity to do this.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Interpret and transmit advanced and integrated specialist knowledge of the history of thinking on limits to human resource use and population growth, and key related concepts, such as the ecological footprint, human carrying capacity and sustainability, including the Sustainable Development Goals;
2. Critically analyse challenges to population health, including what is meant by the term existential risk;
3. Formulate an evidence informed argument of the major determinants of human population change (including the demographic transition, demographic entrapment, migration and conflict) and acquire a foundational knowledge of the long debate over human population;
4. Critically evaluate and synthesise complex factors which link demographic change, economic development, resource use and population health;
5. Critically analyse current approaches to achieving sustained health and wellbeing using the Sustainable Development Goals and related frameworks; and
6. Demonstrate the application of knowledge with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
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Required reading is provided with the relevant modules.
This includes journal articles, reports and the original publication:
Meadows, D. H., Meadows, D. L., Randers, J., & Behrens, W. W. (1972). The limits to growth. New York, 102.
is available on the canvas site courtesy of the Donella Meadows Institute.
Successful participation and completion of this unit requires not only doing each module but dedicating time to read and research.
A minimum of 10 hours a week is expected
Students must engage with the Canvas site
Participation in tutorials is essential
Required IT skills
This unit may involve online meetings in real time using the Blackboard Collaborate tool. Blackboard Collaborate provides a virtual classroom or meeting room where you can communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, please visit the LearnOnline Student Help and click on the link to Blackboard Collaborate.
We may utilise GIS software QGIS for the presentations. This software is free but would need to be installed on a computer rather than an ipad or tablet . This will be optional.
No additional in-unit costs
Work placement, internships or practicums