GEOG 5002 - Environmental Planning and Governance

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course will critically examine approaches to environmental planning and governance in Australia and internationally. The course will introduce students to the rational planning model which has long-dominated planning strategies in Australia. It will then shift focus and explore how sustainable development is influencing planning via theories of ecology, the interrelationship between values and knowledge, a restructured public sphere and the emergence of new actors. Students will be asked to critique relevant recent Australian environmental planning decisions in relation to criteria of sustainable development. The course will move on to critically examine contemporary thinking about environmental governance including state and market-based approaches, decentralised environmental management, the role of NGOs, community based approaches and regional planning. International cases of environmental management which highlight the linkages between national or regional environmental governance structures and natural resource management outcomes will be analysed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 5002
    Course Environmental Planning and Governance
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Incompatible GEST 5002
    Course Description This course will critically examine approaches to environmental planning and governance in Australia and internationally. The course will introduce students to the rational planning model which has long-dominated planning strategies in Australia. It will then shift focus and explore how sustainable development is influencing planning via theories of ecology, the interrelationship between values and knowledge, a restructured public sphere and the emergence of new actors. Students will be asked to critique relevant recent Australian environmental planning decisions in relation to criteria of sustainable development. The course will move on to critically examine contemporary thinking about environmental governance including state and market-based approaches, decentralised environmental management, the role of NGOs, community based approaches and regional planning. International cases of environmental management which highlight the linkages between national or regional environmental governance structures and natural resource management outcomes will be analysed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Douglas Bardsley

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students should gain from the course the following:
    a. Explain the major tenets of environmental planning in the South Australian context
    b. Understand the roles of the different jurisdictional organisations within the environmental governance structure
    c. Critically analyse the environmental planning structure
    d. Explain key aspects of international environmental governance
    e. Discuss the implications of current governance practices in relation to sustainable development goals both in Australia and internationally
    f. Develop comparative analyses using quantitative and qualitative data to critique current governance systems
    g. Communicate in written and oral forms key aspects of environmental planning and governance.
    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. a,b & d
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. b-f
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. c-f
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. b-g
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. f & g
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. c, e & f
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. a-g
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. c & e
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required resources for this course.
    Recommended Resources
    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. (2013) Introducing Physical Geography. 6th Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester UK.

    Core reading will be provided before each workshop and will be made available via MyUni.
    Online Learning
    The course guide and additional course-related material will be made available through
    MyUni.

    These materials include amongst other information:

    · Links to Reading materials
    · Announcements
    · Powerpoint slides from the lectures and workshops. These will be posted just prior to the lectures and workshops.
    · Links for uploading assignments

    There are also numerous internet sites specialising and linking into environmental management and sustainability themes and students will be directed to these at different times.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    There are a number of teaching and learning modes in this course.

    The workshops are compulsory and provide a forum in which students learn about important elements of environmental planning and governance. The workshops are framed around the two major assignments.

    · Initially the workshops will run through the important environmental planning elements for South Australia.
    · In the second half of the semester, the workshops will focus on international and global approaches to environmental planning and governance. The workshops will also provide an opportunity for students to raise questions or points of interest, and to discuss their findings.

    The course lectures, which are not compulsory, provide basic factual information and concepts about environmental management, initially in relation to the important tenets of sustainable development and in relation to societal risk.
    · These lectures could be useful to attend if you do not have a background in environmental management or you are particularly interested in an environmental issue.

    The take-home exam and the comparative analysis essay provide opportunities for students to undertake research that will allow you to articulate in written form the key challenges of contemporary environmental planning and governance at State and international scales. The comparative analysis will also be presented and discussed during the final workshops.

    Workload

    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.

    · Contact time: 3 hours of workshop (compulsory) and 2 hours of lectures (non-compulsory) per week

    · Other structured learning activities: Preparation for classroom: active reading and study of week’s material and providing critical reviews of readings on MyUni (8 hours per week); 2 hours per week equivalent organising and undertaking guided face-to-face, email or telephone contact with SA government, industry and NGO environmental management practitioners.

    · Preparation for assignments: 8 hours of assignment preparation time per week covering 2 major research assignments throughout the semester; equivalent of 1 hour preparation per week for presentation to peers.

    · Total estimated teaching and learning time: 24 hours per week over the 12 weeks.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week Lecture: not compulsory Workshop: compulsory attendance
    Week 1 1. Introduction to the course & environmental challenges
    2. Does environmental management equate with sustainable development?
    Course introduction
    Week 2 3. Biodiversity
    4. The Precautionary principle
    SA government environmental planning
    Week 3 5. Sustainable economic development I
    6. Sustainable economic development II
    Regional natural resource management planning
    Week 4 7. Natural Resource Management I
    8. Natural Resource Management II
    Local Government environmental planning
    Week 5 9. Social equity and environmental management I
    10. Social equity and environmental management II
    Review: Environmental planning structures in Australia
    Week 6 11. Urbanisation
    12. Urban environmental management
    Contentious Topics in Environmental Planning: Take Home exam
    Week 7 13. Sustainable Development via Ecological modernisation?
    14. The Risk Society
    Comparative analysis essay preparation
    Week 8 15. Climate change & human populations
    16. International governance & climate change
    Break week
    BREAK
    Week 9 17. PUBLIC HOLIDAY
    18. Political-ecology
    International governance of socio-ecological risk
    Week 10 19. Agriculture I
    20. Agriculture II
    Governing sustainable agricultural development
    Week 11 21. Energy I
    22. Energy II
    Comparative analysis presentations
    Week 12 23. A country case study: Switzerland
    24. Summary
    Comparative analysis presentations
  • 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 Due % of total grade Late penalty
    Attendance at workshops 10 Not applicable
    Assignment 1: Take-home exam - A planning challenge (2500 words) 40 20% per working day
    Assignment 2: Comparative analysis: Essay (3000 words) 40 5% per working day
    Assignment 3: Comparative analysis: Presentation 10 Not applicable
    Assessment Detail
    Attendance at workshops
    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 10% allocation for this part of the course. 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% threshold you will lose 2% of your total mark, down to the maximum of 10% lost.

    Students are also expected to 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: Take-home exam - A planning challenge (2500 words)
     
    The take-home exam will be provided to students at the end of the workshop on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, and students will have 2 weeks to complete the assigned task linked to a South Australian environmental planning issue.
    There are many resources and programs to help you improve your academic skills. A good example is available at the Centre for Learning and Professional Development at Adelaide Uni: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/.  An effective referencing of source material should be used, so if you are not familiar with the required author-date (Harvard) referencing system please have a look at the library site: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/referencing_guides/.  You should also be aware of the University’s Plagiarism Policy, which is available at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/plagiarism/

    Assignment 2: Comparative Analysis Essay (3000 words)
     
    You will need to undertake a comparative analysis of the governance approach to manage ONE environmental resource, pollution or hazard issue within TWO countries of your choice.
    · Planning students must undertake a comparison on the governance of land use planning within rural, urban, coastal or peri-urban settings across the two countries.
    · All other students will need to find an issue that interests them and there are no specific restrictions beyond a focus on an environmental management issue.

    In order to complete the assignment, you should access and utilise both qualitative evidence from the literature and quantitative data that could be used as indicators of management in each case, and relate the trends in the state of the resource to desired management outcomes. To achieve this, you will need to decide on a valid comparison – so talk with the course coordinator before embarking on your topic. Your analysis should also outline the governance structures for the management of the issue in each case, and suggest how that governance structure is influencing the outcomes.

    The assignment should be prepared in essay format, with headings and subheadings as necessary. You will be asked to illustrate your essay with graphs, maps, tables and diagrams as appropriate.

    Assignment 3: Comparative analysis: Presentation
    Due Date: During one of the final two workshops

    You will present the major findings from your comparative analysis essay to your peers. Your presentation will be assessed for both matter (ie. what you present) and manner (ie. how you present). Further information about the presentation will be provided in the workshops.
    Submission
    The Take-Home Exam (assignment 1) and the Essay (assignment 2) will need to be submitted electronically via both the ICC site and the Turnitin Assignment tool. The links for submitting both of the assignments via the ICC site and the Turnitin Assignment tool 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.

    For guidance on how to submit your assignment electronically via MyUni, go to http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/ and click on the “Submit an Assignment” tutorial.

    You will need to upload a Word version of your work to Turnitin AND an A4 pdf version of your assignments to the ICC site (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 ).

    For more assistance on submitting your assignment file to MyUni, please telephone the Service Desk on 831 33000, 8 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday or email servicedesk@adelaide.edu.au

    Assignments 1 & 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 that an assignment is submitted late.

    Assignments will be printed out and marked in hard copy form and made available to be picked up by students either in class or 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.
    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.

    The course is designed as a review of the important environmental planning and governance issues for South Australia and internationally. 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 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 and readings are designed to guide you through the development of your assignments. Another key to getting the most out of the subject is to use the workshops to raise particular issues with your lecturer and peers.
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