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Lismore Session 3 Session 3

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

All students must have completed an undergraduate degree prior to taking this unit

Unit aim

The principal aim in this unit is to make students aware of the relationship between human development and the environment. Across the world, managing this relationship is a key determinant to success in managing the environment, and its available resources. At the same time, effective environmental management is also a key determinant of the current and future level of both human wellbeing, and environmental degradation. The focus of this unit will be on issues relating to all aspects of economic development, including those important to Australia, and those more relevant in the region, or globally. The overall goal would be to encourage students to understand the need for a moderation of the human development process, in recognition of the limitations of sustainable management of our environmental resources. In particular this unit will help students develop skills in: - Communication skills (written, verbal) - Flexible thinking - Ethics

Unit content

  • Environmental impacts of human development - historical evidence
  • Demography and Human migration patterns and their political implications
  • Development and conflict
  • Distributional issues, poverty and gender
  • Climate and development
  • Environmental monitoring and pressure on global resources
  • Challenges of water management in the 21st century
  • Resource recycling and renewable energy Impacts of international trade
  • Traditional knowledge from all continents, and how this can relate to environmental management today
  • Multinational companies as a block to sustainable development
  • Considering future scenarios

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 recognise the links between the environment and human development
2 understand the finite nature of the earth system and the fact that it provides limits to growth
3 appreciate the links between exploitation of environmental resources, and human development
4 realise the human responsibility for poverty alleviation, and the implications that global poverty has for human security
5 understand the implications for Australia of a minimum of five global issues.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise the links between the environment and human development
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  2. understand the finite nature of the earth system and the fact that it provides limits to growth
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  3. appreciate the links between exploitation of environmental resources, and human development
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  4. realise the human responsibility for poverty alleviation, and the implications that global poverty has for human security
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  5. understand the implications for Australia of a minimum of five global issues.
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Prescribed texts

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