GEOG 2134 - Resource Scarcity and Allocation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 2134 Course Resource Scarcity and Allocation 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 2034, GEST 2021 or GEST 3021 Course Description The course examines how society makes decisions about the allocation of scarce and uncertain resources when human desires for the use of the resources are limitless. The course first discusses resource allocation criteria that can be considered when natural resource (re)allocation policies, projects or plans are evaluated. The course then introduces some basic economic concepts and principles (eg opportunity cost, marginal analysis and property rights) that serve as a tool to analyse and evaluate resource allocation options. The primary concern of the course is over the interpersonally, intertemporally efficient allocation of non-renewable and renewable natural resources, including water resources, minerals, energy resources and forests, in an Australian context. The course also considers social justice and ecological sustainability in the exploitation of natural resources.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jungho Suh
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate a sound understanding of the economically adopted paradigms about the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. 2 Identify principal criteria for designing and evaluating natural resource management schemes. 3 Evaluate the competing uses of natural resources (e.g. forests, fresh water, fisheries, non-renewable resources). 4 Critically analyse natural resource management policies, by way of various case studies. 5 Present logical and coherent written arguments based on evidence. 6 Communicate ideas through class participation.
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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, 2, 3, 4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
Required ResourcesField, B.C. 2008, Natural Resource Economics: An Introduction, 2nd edn, Waveland, Long Grove, Illinois.
Recommended ResourcesSome journals of relevance include:
Journal of Agricultural Economics
American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Environmental and Resource Economics
Water Resources Research
Marine Resource Economics
Resource and Energy Economics
Forest Policy and Economics
Online LearningMyUni 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.
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. 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.
1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester 4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester 3 hours exam preparation per week 36 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
* The sequence of lectures is subject to change.
Schedule Week 1 Resource scarcity and allocation criteria Week 2 Property rights and resource allocation Week 3 Marine fisheries Week 4 Forests Week 5 Water allocation, pricing and trading Week 6 Water allocation, pricing and trading Week 7 Agriculture Week 8 Biodiversity and wildlife Week 9 Minerals / Waste recycling / Energy resources Week 10 Community-based natural resource management Week 11 Multi-objective decision-support systems Week 12 Course summary / Exam preparation
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Tutorial participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-6 2500 word essay Formative and Summative 40% 1-6 Mid-semester test Formative and Summative 10% 1-6 Exam Summative 40% 1-6
Assessment DetailTutorial participation (10%): students are expected to attend and participate in all tutorials.
2500 word essay (40%): students submit an essay on a chosen topic.
Mid-semester test (10%): a closed-book written test is held in a tutorial class. Students are required to answer one short essay question for 30 minutes in writing.
Exam (40%): closed-book exam covering all aspects of the course.
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