GEOG 2141 - Environment and Development

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course examines the interface between development and environment issues in a global and international context. The theoretical and material linkages between environment and development issues and processes, and the multiple dimensions of sustainability and their conflicts and contradictions, are discussed. This is done within the framework of analysing the discourse of sustainable development, which has emerged on the international political agenda as the dominant approach for reconciling the goals of economic development, environmental quality and social equity. The course focuses on the different theoretical perspectives of development and environment and the various debates around the sustainability of development and environment. It explores whether the goals of ecological sustainability and the sustainability of economic growth can be achieved together, and how global capitalism, poverty and ecological issues are interrelated. The course investigates the various dimensions of sustainability, and covers major environmental issues, such as climate change and water security, within the context of saving the Earth from ecological collapse and bringing about sustainable futures for humanity. The course offers the opportunity for a 10-day field trip to Japan to investigate environment and development issues in that country and to collaborate with Japanese students in this field.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2141
    Course Environment and Development
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Incompatible GEST 2041, GEST 2025 or GEST 3025
    Course Description This course examines the interface between development and environment issues in a global and international context. The theoretical and material linkages between environment and development issues and processes, and the multiple dimensions of sustainability and their conflicts and contradictions, are discussed. This is done within the framework of analysing the discourse of sustainable development, which has emerged on the international political agenda as the dominant approach for reconciling the goals of economic development, environmental quality and social equity. The course focuses on the different theoretical perspectives of development and environment and the various debates around the sustainability of development and environment. It explores whether the goals of ecological sustainability and the sustainability of economic growth can be achieved together, and how global capitalism, poverty and ecological issues are interrelated. The course investigates the various dimensions of sustainability, and covers major environmental issues, such as climate change and water security, within the context of saving the Earth from ecological collapse and bringing about sustainable futures for humanity.

    The course offers the opportunity for a 10-day field trip to Japan to investigate environment and development issues in that country and to collaborate with Japanese students in this field.
    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
    At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Comprehend the complexity and various formsand dimensions of development and environment issues
    2 Distinguish the multiple dimensions ofsustainability and the linkages between them, and how these dimensions informpolicy processes and outcomes
    3 Discuss the history, usefulness andeffectiveness of the concept of sustainable development
    4 Understand how global capitalism and economicprocesses shape environmental change and policies
    5 Critically assess the politics ofsustainability and the various theoretical perspectives of development andenvironment
    6 Communicate effectively about ideas andissues of development and environment in a variety of multimedia settings andthrough a variety of multimedia technologies
    7 Conduct effective online group work andresearch about a sustainable development case study
    8 Apply research, analytical and criticalthinking skills to specific sustainable development problems
    9 Apply multimedia technologies for theresearch, presentation and analysis of sustainability issues
    10 Create e-book about environment and development in a transnational intercultural project
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no required textbook for the course.
    Recommended Resources
    Adams, W.M. (2002). ‘Sustainable Development?’. In Johnston, R.J., Taylor, P.J., and Watts, M. Geographies of Global Change: remapping the world. 2nd edition, pp. 412-426.

    Atkinson, G., Dietz, S., and Neumayer, E. (eds.) (2007). Handbook of Sustainable Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

    Baker, S. (2006). Sustainable Development. London: Routledge.

    Beder, Sharon (2003). The Nature of Sustainable Development. Newham, Australia: Scribe Publications.

    Elliott, J.A. (2006). An Introduction to Sustainable Development. 3rd edition. London: Routledge.

    Kates, R.W., Parris, T. and Leiserowitz, A.A. (2005). ‘What is sustainable development? Goals, indicators, values and practice.’ Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 47(3): 8-21.

    McManus, P. (2000). ‘Sustainable development.’ In Johnston, R.J., Gregory, D, Pratt, G. and Watts, M. (eds.). The Dictionary of Human Geography. 4th edition. Oxford: Blackwell. McManus, P. (2000). ‘Sustainable development.’ In Johnston, R.J., Gregory, D, Pratt, G. and Watts, M. (eds.). The Dictionary of Human Geography. 4th edition. Oxford: Blackwell.

    Purvis, M. and Grainger, A. (eds.) (2004). Exploring Sustainable Development: Geographical Perspectives. London: Earthscan.

    World Commission on Environment and Development (1987). Our Common Future. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Brundtland Report]

    Online Learning
    MyUni is the predominant teaching and learning space in this course. Some lectures will be delivered online and students prepare material before the face-to-face tutorials by doing online learning modules.
  • 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. The course provides various assessment methods and choices to accommodate different learning styles. Through case studies and examples the students learn problem-solving skills, and have to work collaboratively in workshop style tutorials and in interactive lecturers.

    The course employs a blended approach to learning where the traditional face to face lectures are supplemented by effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the online teaching and learning environment of MyUni. Students have one face-to-face lecture each week. They are required to do online activities in preparation (eg. through mini-lectures, readings, research) for the 2-hour tutorials each week.
    Workload

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

    WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 1 hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2 hour tutorial per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading and tutorial preparation per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL - 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Developmentalism, Environmentalism, Ecologism
    Week 3 Environment and Development discourses
    Week 4 Ecological justice, security and ethics
    Week 5 Earth summits and the Asian Century
    Week 6 Green capitalism and green economy
    Week 7 Sustainability: education and culture
    Week 8 Climate Change, Energy security and Global Forests
    Week 9 Urban sustainability; food and water security
    Week 10 Ecological citizenship
    Week 11 Sustainable Futures
    Week 12 Politics of Sustainability
    Specific Course Requirements
    • To be able to pass the course students must complete and submit for assessment all assessment pieces described in the course profile.
    • Tutorials are a compulsory component of the course. Students will not be able to pass the course if they do not meet the requirement of at least 90% tutorial attendance.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The 2 hour tutorial are organised as workshop-style interactive learning sessions. Students will work in small groups to discuss case studies and course content.
  • 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 Weighting Learning Outcome
    1. Research proposal for research essay or report Formative

    end of Week 5

    10% 4, 5, 6, 7
    2. Research essay or report Summative negotiated 30% 4, 5,6, 7
    3. Presentation of research essay or report in tutorials Summative to be scheduled in tutorials 10% 6, 8, 9
    4. Tutorial Learning Journal Summative negotiated 20% 3, 6, 7, 9
    5. Take Home Exam Summative middle of week 13 30% 1 - 9
    Assessment Related Requirements
    To be able to pass this course, students must complete and submit for marking all assessment pieces.
    Assessment Detail
    1. Research proposal (10%) students will write a short proposal about their research topic and objectives for either their research report or research essay.
    2. Research report or essay (30%) (2,000 words): students are required to do either a research essay or report about an environment and development issue of their choice.
    3. Presentation of Research findings (10%): students will present the findings of their research in the tutorials
    4. Tutorial Learning Journal (20%) (1,500 words): students write regular critical review of readings, pre-tutorial activities and reflection of their learning in the tutorial.
    5. Take Home Exam (30%) (1,000 words): students will receive the take home exam in last week and have three days to complete and submit it electronically on MyUni.
    Submission
    Submission and return of assignments will be done through MyUni. The software TURNITIN is used to overcome plagiarism.
    Late submissions of assignments will get 5% penalties for each day late (including weekends).
    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.

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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.

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