GEOG 1104 - Population and Environment in Australia
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 1104 Course Population and Environment in Australia 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 1004 Course Description Population and Environment tend to be treated quite separately in Australia, yet there are strong and important two-way relationships between them. This course focuses on these interactions and explores their implications for Australia's future. The contemporary dynamics of population growth, composition and spatial distribution are examined and analysed and the role environmental factors have had in shaping them is explored. Equally too, the impact of population on environment is examined. The constraints that environmental factors, especially water, have placed on the development of the Australian population are investigated, along with the likely influence of future climate change. A particular focus is the changing spatial distribution of the population with issues like urbanisation, 'sea change' and rural depopulation and their inter-relationship with the environment being explored. An important focus is on internal and international migration's influence in changing the population size, structure and distribution and how it affects, and is affected by, the environment. Indigenous Australians and their special relationship with the environment is discussed separately.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dianne Rudd
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Course Learning Outcomes1. An understanding of the scale and nature of the population and environment relationship in Australia
2. An understanding of the processes underlying demographic change and the range of theories which explain those changes
3. An understanding of the spatial distribution of Australia’s population and its relationship with environment, exploring the special case of the indigenous population and the likely impact of climate change.
4. An understanding of urban and rural change and the increasing movement of population to coastal locations (‘sea change’)
5. To assess policies at national, state and local levels which impinge upon the population–environment relationship.
6. Ability to present arguments with high quality written and verbal skills
7. Interdisciplinary problem –solving skills
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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. 1-5 and 7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5,6,7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5,6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-7
Required ResourcesAlthough there is no prescribed text for this course as there is no one book that deals with the Population and Environment relationship in Australia which has tended to be a relatively neglected area of research. Data sources and literature have been compiled and are available on MyUni for easy student access. The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides important census data on Australia’s population and it distribution in the form of publications and online material.
Online LearningMYUNI will be used for course-related announcements, emails, information about weekly tutorial assignments and readings.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures followed up by tutorials on related topics providing readings as specified.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 6 hours exam and assignment preparation per week 72 hours per semester 4 hours reading/research per week 48 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Topics
Introduction: Population and its global importance
Australia’s Changing Population
Global International Migration
Australia’s Population Distribution and internal migration
South Australia’s population
The population: environment Debate in Australia
Coastal development and the Environment
Indigenous population and the environment
Population and Environment: poverty & globalisation
Cities: Growth and Change
Population & Environment: knowledge and gender
Cities: Environmental Issues and Impacts
Economic Growth and Population
Policy Responses to Climate Change
Climate and Migration
Population and Water
Climate and Australia’s Population
Climate change – future impact
Population, environment and development
Population, Environment and Health
Population, Environment and Social change
Research and Policy Issues
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Assessment SummaryExam (2 hours) 40 %, (Semester 1 exam period that all students are required to be available)
To evaluate students’ understanding of the key concepts in the population – environment relationship. The exam will be in two sections of equal value. One short answer section covering all tutorial topics and the other requiring longer essay answers relating to overall course content.
Tutorial Participation 10 %,
Tutorial summary paper 500 words 15%,
Students will be required to write a short summary paper on Australia’s population based on the first tutorial session and readings relating to lectures so that there is a common knowledge of the demographic situation in Australia and the processes shaping its distribution and composition.
Essay 2000 words 35 %
Students will be required to write an essay on one of 4 topics set by the co-ordinator which will be provided in week 5 (before the break).
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SubmissionInformation available upon enrolment.
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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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