GEOG 2145 - Governance and Sustainable Development

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course explores the crucial link between governance and sustainable development. Sustainable development has emerged as the global norm and dominant approach to reconcile the goals of economic development, environmental quality and social equity. Governance can be understood as the rules, mechanisms, processes and institutions through which important decisions are made and implemented. The course discusses the contested nature of both these concepts, and investigates how both are combined in local, national, regional and international policy-making about environment and development challenges such as poverty, global inequalities, loss of biodiversity, deterioration of global eco-systems, and the threat of climate change to human societies. Contemporary ecological problems and crises are predominantly a result of ineffective governance. Thus the main purpose of the course is to examine the ways in which state, private sector and civil society interact on national and international levels to address environment and development issues through better governance models and frameworks of sustainability. Major issues and concepts covered in the course include: policy making and policy analysis; "good governance" and international development; urban governance and sustainability; reflexive governance and learning; gender and governance; governance of ecological conflicts and disasters; e-governance and sustainability; and global ecological governance in particular in regard to climate change. These issues are explored through case studies from Australia and various other regions of the world.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2145
    Course Governance and Sustainable Development
    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
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study
    Incompatible GEST 2045
    Course Description This course explores the crucial link between governance and sustainable development. Sustainable development has emerged as the global norm and dominant approach to reconcile the goals of economic development, environmental quality and social equity. Governance can be understood as the rules, mechanisms, processes and institutions through which important decisions are made and implemented. The course discusses the contested nature of both these concepts, and investigates how both are combined in local, national, regional and international policy-making about environment and development challenges such as poverty, global inequalities, loss of biodiversity, deterioration of global eco-systems, and the threat of climate change to human societies.

    Contemporary ecological problems and crises are predominantly a result of ineffective governance. Thus the main purpose of the course is to examine the ways in which state, private sector and civil society interact on national and international levels to address environment and development issues through better governance models and frameworks of sustainability. Major issues and concepts covered in the course include: policy making and policy analysis; "good governance" and international development; urban governance and sustainability; reflexive governance and learning; gender and governance; governance of ecological conflicts and disasters; e-governance and sustainability; and global ecological governance in particular in regard to climate change. These issues are explored through case studies from Australia and various other regions of the world.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Thomas Wanner

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students successfully completing the course should be able to:
    1. Identify the complexity and operations of governance systems and processes on international, national and local levels.
    2. Explain differences between government and governance, and the various ideas and meanings attached to the goal of sustainable development.
    3. Analyse policy-making processes in regard to sustainability issues.
    4. Apply high-quality written and verbal communication skills.
    5. Work effectively in a team and in tutorial situations.
    6. Apply analytical and problem-solving skills to specific sustainable development problems.
    7. Employ effectively online technologies (MyUni) for communication and exchange of own ideas and knowledge.


     
     



    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, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 7
    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. 5, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 5
    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, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no required textbook for this course.

    Recommended Resources
    All required readings (plus additional readings) are provided on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    All other required material (eg assessment information, weblinks, lectures) are also provided on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The teaching in this course is based on student-centred learning principles and strategies. Students are seen as partners in the learning journey. A range of teaching methods are employed to involve and integrate the students in the learning process, and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge of the topic. There are many opportunities for students to provide their input and feedback into the course. The course provides various assessment methods to accommodate different learning styles. Through case studies and examples the students learn problem-solving skills, and have to work collaboratively in workshop style seminars. The course employs a blended approach to teaching and learning where the traditional face to face lectures and seminars are supplemented by effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the online teaching and learning environment of MyUni. The interactive and collaborative teaching and learning thus takes place inside and outside the classroom and in synchronous and asynchronous ways.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The times suggested here are guidelines for students to achieve the course requirements and to successfully complete the course. You will need to allocate appropriate time for your study (contact and non-contact time):
     - Structured learning (lectures and tutorials): 3 hours per week
     - Reading: 3 hours per week
     - Preparation for assignments: 3 hours per week
     - MyUni: 3 hours per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Schedule
    Week 1  
    Introduction: Housekeeping, Assignments, MyUni 
    Governance and SD: a short history of contested concepts
    Week 2
    Governance: scales, processes & actors
    Sustainable Development Governance: the politics of sustainability
    Week 3
    Public Holiday – Adelaide Cup
    Governance: Politics, Power, Policy
    Week 4
    Global Governance: Globalisation, Poverty and Global Inequalities 
    Global/National Environmental Governance
    Week 5
    Governing a Green Economy
    Corporate Governance and Sustainability
    Week 6
    Governing the Global Commons
    Governing Climate Change
    Week 7
    Urban Governance and Sustainability
    Public Holiday – ANZAC Day
    Week 8
    Governing Forests
    Local governance: community-based sustainable development
    Week 9
    Culture, Gender, and Sustainability
    Knowledge & Education for SD
    Week 10
    Governance of Risk & Sustainability Science
    Green citizenship and Green Democracy
    Week 11
    E-Governance and E-Environment
    Reforming Global (Environmental) Governance
    Week 12
    Global Ethics & Justice
    Course Review: Governance and SD: shaping new futures?
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Date Weighting Learning Outcomes
    Research essay OR research report (2,000 words) Formative Week 7 30% 1, 3, 4, 6
    Tutorial Learning Journal (online, MyUni) (1,500 words in total).
    - Tutorial Preparation (10%)
    - Tutorial Participation (10%)
    - Tutorial Summary and Learning Reflections (10%)
    Formative; Summative Week 13 30% 2, 5, 7
     MyUni Portfolio (1,500 words) Formative, Summative Week 14 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
    Assessment Detail
    Research Essay OR Research Report

    This assignment gives you the choice to do either a research essay OR a research report.

    A report is different to an essay. An academic essay provides a clear and well-structured argument about a specific issue. The degree of success of an essay is related to how well the argument is made (including counter-arguments), and how well it is structured and the diverse range of references is integrated into the argument. An essay is thus subjective as it provides the author‟s view on the issue under investigation. In an essay, I want to know what your view of the subject matter is. (NOTE: It is okay to use phrases, such as “I argue…”, “in my view…”).

    In contrast, a research report provides information about a specific problem (in form of graphs, tables and illustrations), then discusses the relevant issues and provides some solutions in form of recommendations. The success of a research report depends on whether relevant and viable data has been collected, and how well the collected data has been analysed and discussed and then integrated into a well-presented report which has clear recommendations for policy or other actions. In short, excellent essays and reports both demonstrate excellent research, analytical and communication skills.

    You need to show in both assessments your own critical thinking about the topic. The overall difference between these two assessment tasks is that in the essay you need to provide your argument (your point of view on the issue by engaging critically with the argument of others), whereas in the report you need to engage critically with the relevant available information and then provide some recommendations to solve the problematic issues.

    Tutorial Learning Journal

    Tutorial attendance is compulsory and will be monitored.

    The tutorial learning journal includes:
    - A short critical review of the required reading of the week
    - A brief summary of the tutorial and what you have learned in the tutorial
    - Self-assessment of your participation in the tutorials

    The entries in the tutorial learning journal need be timely and relevant to the specific week. Late entries do not count.

    MyUni Portfolio
    There is no exam in this course. The MyUni Portfolio is a collection of different pieces of work throughout the semester. The MyUni Portfolio is interactive and about regular work and contributions to the course by the students.
    Submission
    All assignments are submitted electronically on MyUni and on Turnitin.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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.

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