GEOG 2139 - Environmental Management
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 2139 Course Environmental Management 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 Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study Incompatible GEST 2039, GEST 2002 or GEST 3002 Course Description The course will provide a critical survey of the contemporary field of environmental policy, planning and management in the Australian and international contexts. The course is centrally concerned with understanding deliberate efforts to translate environmental knowledge into action in order to achieve particular outcomes in the way landscapes, societies and/or natural ecosystems are used and managed. It will also consider how the objectives for land and resource use are shaped, fashioned and contested in democratic and non-democratic settings. The course will introduce students to the dominant management models that have been applied historically. This work will set the scene for an analysis of contemporary approaches to environmental policy making, planning and management. The course will critically examine contemporary thinking on these environmental themes including: sustainable use practices, political-ecology, decentralised environmental management, NGO and community-based approaches, social learning, and regional and urban planning. A feature of the course's examination of contemporary approaches will be in-depth critical analyses of prominent cases of environmental management, including Regional Forest Agreements and the Murray Darling Basin Authority in the Australian context, and the emerging international environmental challenges for climate change adaptation, agro-ecosystems, biodiversity conservation and megacities.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Douglas Bardsley
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesStudents should gain from the course the following:
1. An understanding of environmental management approaches in Australia and internationally.
2. The ability to analyse environmental management in relation to the major principles of sustainable development, defined broadly as: Biodiversity conservation; The Precautionary Principle; Economic sustainability; Intragenerational equity; and Intergenerational equity.
3. The capacity to translate generic concepts and methods into critical reviews of contemporary, real-world environmental management practices.
4. The capacity to critically assess theoretical and conceptual issues relating to environmental management utilising dialectical analysis approaches.
5. The ability to present synthesised and critically evaluated information in oral and written forms.
6. The ability to work effectively to create environmental management analysis outputs of professional quality, both independently and within team environments.
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. 1-2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3-6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4-6 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. 3 & 6 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. 1-2
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this course.
Recommended ResourcesAlthough there is no prescribed text for this course, if you do not have any background in Physical Geography or Environmental Science, the following book is highly recommended: Strahler A.H. (2013) Introducing Physical Geography. 6th Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester UK.
Weekly reading materials will be provided for Environmental Management students. The articles, book chapters and reports are available on MyUni (under Content/Readings: Online Content links) and should be used to supplement lecture and workshop activities. Beyond these, numerous references will be provided during lectures and workshops. It is also recommended that you use the library databases such as Scopus, Web of Science or Google Scholar (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/) to access academic publications relevant to the weekly topic or your assignments.
Online LearningThe course guide, lecture recordings and additional course-related material will be made available through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThere are a number of teaching and learning modes in this course:
· The course lectures provide factual information and conceptualise approaches to environmental management, initially in relation to the important tenets of Sustainable Development and secondly on Environmental Risk.
· The workshops provide a forum in which students can learn about techniques to critically analyse approaches to environmental management and present their analyses during debates with other students. The workshops are framed in part by the different approaches to dialectical analysis that allow for the resolution of disagreements through rational discussion from opposing viewpoints. The workshops will also provide an opportunity for students to raise questions or points of interest during discussions.
· The debate and the essay provide opportunities for students to undertake research that will allow them to articulate in both oral and written form, their appraisal of contemporary environmental management decision-making.
· Finally, the two short exams will assess the extent to which students have developed their understanding throughout the course.
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.
· Structured learning (lectures and workshops): 3 hours per week
· Background reading and reading for specific workshops: 2 hours per week
· Debate and essay research and preparation: 5 hours per week (average)
· Exam revision: equivalent of 2 hours per week (average)
Learning Activities Summary
Week 1 (Lectures, workshop)
1 Introduction to the course & environmental challenges
2 Does environmental management equate with sustainable development?
1 Course introduction
3 No Lecture (Public Holiday)
2 Debating Contentious Topics in Environmental Management
5 The Precautionary principle
6 Sustainable economic development I
3 Critiquing an environmental management decision
7 Sustainable economic development II
8 Social equity and environmental management I
4 Environmental management debates
9 Social equity and environmental management II
10 Natural resource management
5 Environmental management debates
11 No Lecture (Public Holiday)
12 Mid-Semester Exam
6 Environmental management debates
13 Sustainable Development via Ecological modernisation?
14 Urban environmental management
7 Essay Preparation
15 The Risk Society Critique
16 Climate change & human populations
8 Break - No workshop
17 International governance & climate change
9 Risk and social learning
19 Energy I
20 Energy II
10 Preparing for the roundtable
21 Agriculture I
22 Agriculture II
11 Food security & environmental management
23 A country case study: Switzerland
24 End of Semester Exam
12 Essay roundtable
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Due date % of total grade Learning objectives Late penalty Workshop Attendance
5 – to obtain this you will need to attend 90% of workshops or more & participate in the Essay roundtable 1-6 N.A. Assignment 1: Debating contentious issues of environmental management To be announced in workshops 15 – part of this mark is allocated in relation to how well the debating team works collaboratively 1-6 Failure to attend your team’s debating session will result in loss of all marks. Assignment 2: An essay critiquing a recent environmental decision Tuesday 26th May 2015 + discussion during workshops in Week 12 40 – critiquing an environmental management decision 1-3, 5-6 5% per working day
Failure to attend & discuss your essay during the “Essay Roundtable” will result in the loss of your workshop attendance
1.10pm Tuesday 7th April 2015, Barr Smith South 534
1.10pm Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Barr Smith South 534
Assessment DetailAttendance at workshops (5% of your final mark)
Workshop attendance is compulsory and will be assessed as part of this course. You will be required to sign-off at each workshop and must attend at least 90% of the workshops to receive the full 5% allocation for this part of the course. Attendance at the Essay Roundtable final workshop session is also compulsory, so failure to attend and participate will result in the loss of your full workshop attendance mark (5%).
You should contact the course convenor to explain why you have missed a workshop and will need to have written evidence such as a medical certificate, if you do not wish to be recorded as absent. For each workshop you are absent below the 90% attendance threshold you will lose 1% of your total mark, down to the maximum of 5% lost. Failure to attend and participate in the final “Essay roundtable” workshop at the end of semester will lead to the total loss of the attendance mark (full 5%).
Students should be well prepared for each workshop and participate in the discussion. Take notes from the lectures and your readings, so that you are able to raise issues in the workshop seminars.
Assignment 1: Debating contentious issues of environmental management (15% of your final mark)
Due Date: Presentations in workshops during weeks starting on 23/3, 30/3, or 6/4.
Debates on contentious issues in Environmental Management
In two teams of three (one for the affirmative and one for the negative), you are to debate the contentious issues in sustainable development under formal debating conditions. Debating topics include: the Commonwealth governance of the Murray-Darling Basin; an Urban Growth Boundary for Adelaide; future energy sources for Australia; a price on carbon dioxide emissions in Australia; off-shore oil drilling; whaling in the South Pacific; Australian marine parks; and forestry policy in Tasmania.
Students should choose a topic early in the semester. Failure to participate in your group’s debate without a valid excuse will lead to the loss of all of your debating marks.
Assignment 2: Critiquing an Environmental Management Decision (40% of your final mark)
Due Date: Essay due on Tuesday 27th May 2015 by 6pm.
Essay topic - Critique a recent decision made regarding an environmental issue by an international organisation, a government department, an NGO or an industry body. Describe the environmental management issue, explain why it is important, and present a critical analysis of the management response in relation to the key tenets of sustainable development.
Length - 2000 words +/- 10%, excluding references and appendices
See 5.4 Submission section below for submission guidelines
Participation in the “Essay Roundtable” – You will need to briefly argue whether the decision you critiqued would or would not lead to sustainable development. Failure to attend and participate will lead to the loss of your workshop attendance mark (5%).
Exams: Two shorter exams on the lecture & workshop materials (2 x 20% = 40% of your total mark)
2 x 45 minute exams (5 minute reading time) will be run during lecture times throughout the semester (1.10pm Tuesday 7th April 2015 & 1.10pm Tuesday 2nd June 2015). The two exams will test learning from each half of the semester:
· the first Mid-Semester exam will test your knowledge of key sustainable development theory and applications introduced in the first half of the semester; and,
· the second End-of-Semester exam will test your knowledge of environmental modernisation and risk society theory and applications from the second half of the semester.
Students who are sick or unable to make that time due to course clashes will need to provide evidence and arrange an alternative time with the course convenor.
Each Exam is worth 20% of your final mark = 40% of total assessment.
SubmissionAssignment 2 (the essay) will need to be submitted electronically via both the ICC and Turn-it-in sites. The links for submission of the assignment using the ICC and Turn-it-in sites have been created for you under the Assignment page in the MyUni site for the subject. You can upload your assignments directly by following the prompts.
You will need to upload a Word version of your essay to Turnitin and a PDF version to ICC. For assistance in converting your assignment file to PDF, please see: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/content/ICC_Printed_Assignment_PDF_creation.html).
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Assignment 2 must be lodged in electronic form by the given due date and time to avoid penalty. A penalty of 5% will be deducted per day for any assignment that is submitted late.
Assignment 2 will be printed out and marked in hard copy form and made available to be picked up by students at the end of the semester. If you wish to have the marked, final work sent to you, you MUST supply Dr Bardsley with a stamped, self-addressed envelope when submitting the final piece of work. Only one A3 envelope is necessary.
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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SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.The course is designed as a review of the important emerging issues for environmental management in South Australia, Australia and the globe. It aims to guide students’ critical interests in particular topics or areas of study. For that reason, there is significant opportunity for students to investigate particular issues relevant to environmental management that interest them.
SELTS results from previous years suggest that some students find this independence to be one of the more challenging aspects of the course. The workshops are designed to guide you through the development of your debate and your essay. Another key to getting the most out of the subject is to use the workshops to raise particular issues with your lecturer and peers.
SELTS results and student feedback suggests that some students prefer two smaller exams throughout the semester rathern than one large one at the end. For that reason, there are two smaller exams to test student knowledge of course content during the semester.
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