Social Development & the Environment

Course code ENVS1004Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This is the first course in a sequence that covers the social dimensions of environmental issues and environmental management. The course traces the social and economic development of Australia through its Indigenous history and European colonisation. The concepts of growth and development are critically evaluated and applied to the transformations of the natural environment, the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the structural and cultural features of contemporary Australian society. The concepts of wilderness, natural heritage, and resource use are introduced to explore attitudes towards conservation, preservation and "wise use", and to highlight the entanglement of nature and culture in the Australian landscape. The questions of sustainability and environmental justice are considered in relation to contemporary Australian society and environments.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. apply the insights from Australian environmental history to issues in environmental management;
2. critically analyse different models/theories of the concept of development as they apply to the Australian context;
3. have particular regard for the impact of development on Indigenous people;
4. have an understanding of the main features of social systems and cultural values as they apply to natural systems' management in contemporary Australia;
5. determine the role of 'values' in the assessment of natural and cultural heritage;
6. appreciate the interconnectedness between humans and the environment.
ContentAs indicated in the course description, this course covers material relevant to Australian environmental history and the impacts of the development of the Australian environment since 1788. Topics will be selected from:

- The concepts of Western progress and development and the expansion of Europe into the New World;
- Australian Environmental History;
- Australia as an Indigenous landscape in contemporary, colonial and precolonial eras;
- The European colonisation of Australia and its impact on Indigenous Australia;
- The impact of colonisation on the Australian environment;
- Urban natue and the environment;
- Heritage values in Australia;
- Biosecurity;
- Sustainability, environmental justice and directions for future social development.
Replacing Course(s)EMGT1020
TransitionNot to count with credit for EMGT1020.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Presentations - Tutorial
ReportsField excursion report
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Field Study: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety and fieldwork induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS1004