Governance for Environmental Sustainability (7778.3)
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|Canberra School Of Politics, Economics And Society||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Learning outcomes1. reflected (individually and in a group) on the dynamic and global context within which environmental issues emerge and are governed;
2. developed an appreciation of contemporary sustainability issues, particularly in relation to the emergence of modern environmentalism;
3. demonstrated an understanding of the principles of sustainability and the challenges they pose to existing political institutions, particularly with respect to contested knowledge, values, risk and uncertainty;
4. developed research skills to source, discern and critically discuss information on sustainability issues;
5. engaged in the multiple dimensions of a particular sustainability issue, and reflected on its governance;
6. practised professional skills to: i) work effectively in a group; ii) present clearly and concisely; and iii) facilitate the learning of others;
7. developed knowledge of the major approaches to governing for sustainability including their particular benefits and problems; and
8. demonstrated UC graduate attributes, in particular the ability to persuasively communicate ideas in the field of environmental governance, and think independently and as agents for change.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
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 - 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 text is avaliable from the UC Co-op Bookshop:
Carter, N. (2007) The Politics of the Environment. Ideas. Activism. Policy. 2nd Edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Price for Co-op members: $52.96
Price for non-Co-op members: $56.95
It is a requirement that you read at least the required textbook chapter plus one of the listed additional readings before coming to each tutorial.
In addition, it is most important that you read widely if you wish to gain a good grasp of the unit. If you do not already read a daily newspaper, start doing so (all are online) as well as some of the relevant journals and periodicals.
Our Common Future: the report by the World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, Oxford University Press.
This is also known as the Brundtland Report and is the starting point from which all governance for sustainability has developed.
Recommended Texts (in alphabetical order by author)
Barry, J. and R.Eckersley (eds) (2005) The State and the Global Ecological Crisis, MIT Press.
A collection of essays on problems confronting the state in addressing environmental issues and the failure of governments to adequately solve these problems.
Dryzek, J. (1997), The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
A key text in the study of environmental governance centred on the significance of stories, ideas and metaphors that shape how societies respond to environmental issues.
Dryzek, J. S., and D. Schlosberg, eds. (2005), Debating the earth: the environmental politics reader. 2nd Edn. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
A large and diverse collection of key readings from the field of environmental politics and philosophy.
Dovers, S. (2006), Environment and Sustainability Policy. Sydney: The Federation Press
A neat succinct book that offers an introduction to sustainability policy in Australia.
Farrier, D, Lyster, R, Pearson, L, Lipman, Z, 2000, The Environmental Law Handbook, Redfern Legal Centre Publishing.
About planning and land use in NSW. Very insightful about issues to do with the processes.
Garvey, J. (2008) The Ethics of Climate Change, Continuum.
A very readable and accessible book looking at the social elements of why it is essential for states and communities to deal with climate change
Harding, R, (1998), Environmental Decision-Making: the roles of scientists, engineers and the public, Federation Press
Harding, R., C. Hendriks and M. Faruqi (2009) Environmental Decision-Making, Federation Press.
An excellent book on practical approaches to policy making and implementation for sustainability.
Roberts J. (2004) Environmental Policy. London: Routledge. A useful introductory text from a British perspective.
Stewart, J. and G.Jones (2003) Renegotiating the Environment. Crows Nest: The Federation Press.
An excellent book on joint responses to resolving environmental issues with several case studies.
Thomas, I. (2007) Environmental Policy: Australia Practice in Context of Theory. Crows Nest: The Federation Press.
A very detailed book on environmental policy in Australia. Good reference guide.
Active participation in tutorials is assessed and attendance is therefore a requirement of the unit.
Required IT skills
None, although students will be required to access readings via e-reserve, so a knowledge of the various functions of Moodle is essential. Basic knowledge of how to find academic resources via databases will also be useful. If you require assistance with this, the Library holds regular training sessions.
Required Unit Text: Carter, N. (2007) The Politics of the Environment. Ideas. Activism. Policy. 2nd Edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Non-member Co-op price: $56.95;
Co-op Member price: $52.96.
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