The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in , 2019
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course focuses on the theory, philosophy and practice of environmental management using complexity theory to investigate current limitations in environmental management. Differing best practice approaches to environmental management are examined along with case studies, professional practice and various management tools. Problem solving approaches are taken in respect of environmental management applications and plans. The context of environmental management practice, especially in relation to sustainability and climate change, is also explored.




    • Trimester 3 - 2019

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Been introduced to environmental management from differing theoretical perspectives especially that of complexity theory;

    2. Been provided an applied understanding of the principles and philosophy of environmental management;

    3. Had demonstration of how environmental management is used in problem solving;

    4. An understanding of the roles of various actors and organisations in environmental management practice;

    5. Learnt how to illustrate the use of environmental management tools as support features for management;

    6. Understand the current limitations of environmental management and alternative approaches which address growing environmental complexity.


    The following topics are covered:

    • Introduction to management and problem solving;
    • Environmental management theory and frameworks;
    • Planning concepts and policy frameworks;
    • Values, ethics, responsibilities and professional practice;
    • Differing perspectives on environmental management;
    • Tools for environmental management;
    • Issues and case studies in environmental management;
    • Community involvement.

    Assessment items

    Online Learning Activity: Audio/visual tutorial presentation and facilitation of discussion board

    Essay: Essay

    Report: Applied major report