GEOG 1103 - Economy, Environment and Place
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 1103 Course Economy, Environment and Place Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GEST 1003 Course Description This course examines the interface between human economic activities and contemporary environmental issues. The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore a variety of alternative pathways to green economies. The course critically analyses the mainstream economic way of thinking from philosophical and ethical perspectives. The course considers community-based natural resource management, Buddhist economics and ecology, and sustainable agriculture. In addition to academic resources, the course uses newspapers, novels, lyrics and movies to communicate the subject matter.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jungho Suh
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Develop a sound understanding of the basic economic concepts, such as opportunity costs, prisoners' dilemmas, gross domestic product (GDP) and employment, and thier relevance to human-induced contemporary environmental problems. 2 Develop an understanding of public disputation over the choice of economic policy instruments in response to market failure. 3 Examine the economic dimension of sustainability, using the concept of GDP and unemployment. 4 Examine the limitations associated with GDP measurement, and understand various indices of human well-being. 5 Compare and contrast the ecocentric and anthropocentirc views of sustainability, making use of the conceptual framework of the I=PAT (Impact = Population x Affluence x Technology) equation. 6 Examine the contested meaning of the utilitarian doctrine, 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number'.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ,6, Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ,6, Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ,6, Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, , Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 3, 5, ,6, Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
There is no required text for this course. However, the following text is highly recommened.
Cato, M.S. 2011, Environment and Economy, Routledge, London.
Cato, M.S. 2011, Environment and Economy, Routledge, London.
An electronic copy of this text is available via the University of Adelaide Library homepage. Hard copies are available from the University of Adelaide bookshop at the North Terrace Campus. Electronic copies of additional readings will be posted to the course MyUni.
Online LearningThe MyUni website for the course will provide you with access to course materials, announcements and many other features to help manage your study. You are advised to regularly visit the MyUni website for the course to receive course announcements and reminders.
You will need the following to access MyUni:
· a computer with an Internet connection;
· a PC running Windows 95 or higher or a Mac running Mac OS 8.6 or higher;
· the Adobe Reader software
(download from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html);
· your University of Adelaide username and password.
To reach the MyUni website for the course follow the links from the University of Adelaide's Homepage http://www.adelaide.edu.au/ to Login to MyUni https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login. When you open the course website you will find material related to the course. You will need to enter a username and password to enter the MyUni website.
If you have difficulty accessing MyUni contact the Help Desk at 831 33335 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesAlthough the lectures are intended to help you understand the key concepts discussed in the textbook, the lectures aim to add value and not just to regurgitate the text. Some material presented in lectures may come from diverse other sources. Video or audio recording service will be provided for this course. The lecture PowerPoint slides will be posted, in pdf format, to the course MyUni webpage progressively after lectures. That way, you are free from having to reproduce the material in the Powerpoint slides during lectures. However, much detail will be conveyed to the audience verbally. All material covered in lectures are examinable. Therefore, it is imperative that you attend lectures and take notes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lecture: 2 hours per week
Tutorial: 1 hour per week
Lecture material reading: 3 hours per week
Assignment preparation: 4 hours per week
Exam preparation: 2 hours per week
Learning Activities Summary
* The sequence of lectures is subject to change.
Schedule Week 1 The foundation of the economic way of thinking Week 2 Neoclassical approach to environmental problems Week 3 Neoclassical approach to environmental problems (cont’d) Week 4 Sources of market failure Week 5 Sources of market failure (cont’d) Week 6 Policy responses to market failure Week 7 TBA Week 8 Economic growth and the economic dimension of sustainability Week 9 Economic growth and the natural environment Week 10 Pathways to a green economy Week 11 Pathways to a green economy (cont’d) Week 12 Course summary / Exam preparation
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are expected to participate in a one-hour tutorial per week throughout the semester except for Week 1 and Week 12 when there is no tutorial scheduled for this course. Students can attend their assigned session only unless otherwise arranged (see the below table). Your tutor will keep monitoring your tutorial attendance. In case anyone could not make it to their sign-up tutorial session but attended one of the other tutorial sessions, it is their responsibility to inform the tutors of that for monitoring purposes.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceYou are expected to play an active role in a tutorial discussion group. This will include working through discussion questions, and making brief presentations and taking part in discussions. The discussions will help you be prepared for the end-of-semester examination as well as the ‘academic essay’ assignment.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Activity Weight (%) Tutorial participation 10 Online quiz 10 Mid-semester test 10 Academic essay 30 End-of-semester exam 40 Total 100
Modified assessment summary
Tutorial participation (Weeks 2–4) 5%
Reflective journal (Part 1: Weeks 3–6) 10%
Reflective journal (Part 2: Weeks 7–8) 10%
Online quizzes (1 and 2) 15%
Academic essay 40%
Final exam (open-book online exam taken from home) 20%
Assessment Related RequirementsTBA
No information currently available.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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