Technology and the Environment
|Course code PHIL6910||Units 10||Level 6000||Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science|
Develops an understanding of a systematic approach to policy making and an awareness of how non-technical dimensions, including ethical, spiritual, social, political and economic issues, can arise, and should be systematically treated, in technological and management decisions, particularly in relation to systemic bio-physical evaluation and the nature of norms as design constraints in socio-political contexts.
Not available in 2015
|Objectives||The objectives of the course are:|
(1) Impart to individual students mature and disciplined knowledge of the nature of values and norms, the nature of systems and systems design, and the systematic incorporation of relevant values and norms into systems design generally and environmental design in particular.
(2) Impart to students critical skills to deal with the issues involved and employ the knowledge and methods involved in their assessment of their own culture and societal life, and in thinking about their own personal lives.
(3) Develop high level written and oral skills in analysing and presenting environmental issues.
(4) Develop a capacity to appreciate the values and norms involved in how people approach ways of living and evaluating life situations.
|Content||The course covers the nature of norms and their application, basic principles of dynamic systems and of the choice of systems models, analyses of systems normative dimensions (e.g. robustness criteria) and socio-political systems and their normative character and impacts, including in environmental design.|
|Assumed Knowledge||Qualification for entry to the Diploma or Master of Environmental Studies, or equivalent.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks