GEOG 1103 - Economy, Environment and Place
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 1103 Course Economy, Environment and Place Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week 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. Apart from academic resources, newspapers, novels, lyrics and movies are used to communicate the subject matter.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jungho Suh
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate a sound understanding of the basic economic concepts and principles, such as opportunity costs, marginal analysis and market failure. 2 Locate and use resources to evaluate the competing priorities between environmental protection and economic growth. 3 Examine the economic dimension of sustainability using the concept of GDP (gross domestic product) and unemployment. 4 Compare ecological and neoclassical views of sustainability, making use of the conceptual framework of the I=PAT (Impact = Population x Affluence x Technology) equation. 5 Examine the complex meaning of utilitarianism. 6 Present logical and coherent written arguments based on evidence. 7 Demonstrate productive and respectful engagement with their peers.
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3, 4, 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5
Required ResourcesCato, M.S. 2011, Environment and Economy, Routledge, London.
- Bentham, J. 1970, Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, Burns, H. and Hart, H. L. A. (eds), Athlone, London, Chapter 2.
- Canterbery, E.R. 2001, A Brief History of Economics: Artful Approaches to the Dismal Science, World Scientific, Singapore.
- Commoner, B., Corr, M. and Stamler, P.J. 1971, The Closing Circle: Nature, Man and Technology, Knopf, New York.
- Daly, H.E. 1996, Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development, Beacon Press, Boston.
- Friedman, M. 2002, Capitalism and Freedom, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
- Hardin, G. 1993, Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics and Population Taboos, Oxford University Press, New York.
- Heilbroner, R. 1997, Teaching from the Worldly Philosophy, Norton, New York.
- Krugman, P. 2007, The Conscience of a Liberal, Norton, New York.
- Marshall, A. 1961, Principles of Economics, 9th edn, Macmillan, London, Chapter 3.
- Marx, K. 1959, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, translated into English by Martin Milligan, Lawrence & Wishart, London.
- Ostrom, E. 1990, Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
- Pearce, D. 1993, Blueprint 3: Measuring Sustainable Development. Earthscan, London.
- Sagoff, M. 2008, The Economy of the Earth: Philosophy, Law and Environment, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
- Sandel, M.J. 2009, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.
- Schumacher, E.F. 1973, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. Harper and Row, New York.
- Sen, A. 1987, On Ethics and Economics, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
- Smith, A. 1950, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 5th edn., E. Cannan (ed.), Methuen, London, Vol. 1, Book IV.
- Smith, A. 2002, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Haakonssen K. (ed.), Cambridge University Press, New York.
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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. 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. Video or audio recording service will be provided for this course. 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.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 Resource scarcity and opportunity cost Week 3 Neoclassical approach to environmental problems Week 4 Sources of market failure Week 5 Policy instruments for pollution controls Week 6 Geographies of policy responses to environmental problems Week 7 Utilitarianism and free market economy Week 8 Economic growth and the economic dimension of sustainability Week 9 Economic growth and ecological sustainability Week 10 Pathways to a green economy Week 11 Pathways to a green economy (cont'd) Week 12 Course summary / Exam preparation
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Assessment SummaryThe assessment for the course is based on four components. Your grade will be determined by the aggregate mark that comprises of these components. The following table shows the percentage weightings of the graded work required by the course.
Activity Proportion of mark (%) Tutorial participation 10 Academic essay 40 Mid-semester test 10 End-of-semester exam 40 Total 100
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are expected to attend and participate in a one-hour tutorial per week throughout the semester except for Week 1 and Week 12. Students can attend their assigned session only unless otherwise mutually arranged.
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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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