The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Traditional approaches to environmental management assume social-ecological systems (SESs) can be managed or controlled optimally and respond linearly and predictably. Yet this approach has repeatedly resulted in persistent environmental policy failure and/or resource management failure because the importance of maintaining overall system resilience has not been recognised. Resilience thinking and environmental complexity are theories which can inform better environmental management but are not commonly utilised in practice. The application of these theoretical approaches is a new and emerging field, both in Australia and internationally. This course will build students expertise so that they are able to apply resilience thinking and complexity theory through a simulated work place setting. It will give students the skills which are topical, relevant and in-demand in the Australian and international workforce. Students will be supported to learn how to apply new skills to a system case study.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Online

  • Trimester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically evaluate key components of resilience, environmental complexity and systems thinking.

2. Apply resilience, environmental complexity and systems thinking to analyse a real world case study.

3. Make policy recommendations for the management of a read world case study.

4. Appropriately communicate the findings of their analysis and management to a non-specialist audience

5. Work individually and as an integral part of a team.


Content

Topics will include:

  • stakeholder analysis,
  • conceputal systems thinking,
  • scenario planning,
  • governance, and
  • policy robustness.

Assumed knowledge

ENVS6535Implementing Environmental Resilience and Addressing ComplexityTraditional approaches to environmental management assume social-ecological systems (SESs) can be managed or controlled optimally and respond linearly and predictably. Yet this approach has repeatedly resulted in persistent environmental policy failure and/or resource management failure because the importance of maintaining overall system resilience has not been recognised. Resilience thinking and environmental complexity are theories which can inform better environmental management but are not commonly utilised in practice. The application of these theoretical approaches is a new and emerging field, both in Australia and internationally. This course will build students expertise so that they are able to apply resilience thinking and complexity theory through a simulated work place setting. It will give students the skills which are topical, relevant and in-demand in the Australian and international workforce. Students will be supported to learn how to apply new skills to a system case study.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1060005925Trimester 1 - 2019ONLINEOnline2019ENVS6530 or ENVS6525Topics will include:

stakeholder analysis,

conceputal systems thinking,

scenario planning,

governance, and

policy robustness. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Critically evaluate key components of resilience, environmental complexity and systems thinking.2Apply resilience, environmental complexity and systems thinking to analyse a real world case study.3Make policy recommendations for the management of a read world case study.4Appropriately communicate the findings of their analysis and management to a non-specialist audience5Work individually and as an integral part of a team. Project: Group research projectProject: Individual research communication projectJournal: Reflective journal OnlineSelf-Directed LearningOnline10hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0


Assessment items

Project: Group research project

Project: Individual research communication project

Journal: Reflective journal


Contact hours

Online

Self-Directed Learning

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term