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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Anti-requisites

SCIN1002 - Science in Society OR SCI10002 Science in Society or BIO10187 Global Environmental Issues.

Unit aim

Introduces students to the role of science in understanding complex socio-ecological interactions involved in our biggest global challenges, including climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss, pollution and overfishing. Students will build an understanding of the foundations, philosophies and ethics that underpin science, exploring the role of science in society and vice versa. Engaging with complexity and Indigenous thinking enables students to develop creative solutions to complex global challenges. 

This unit also supports students to develop foundational academic skills, including literature searching, referencing, collaboration, critical thinking, academic writing and science-communication.

Unit content

Using case studies of globally important environmental challenges, the following will be explored:

1. Science & Philosophy: exploring the scientific method, the history of science philosophy, indigenous knowledge and complex systems thinking

2. People and Planet: populations, socio-ecological systems and our impact on the planet

3. Land & Water: agricultural, landscape and freshwater challenges

4. Oceans: issues with pollution and open access resources

5. Climate change and complex interactions

6. Critical Issues for Science and Global Challenges

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 critically examine the value and limitations of science in addressing global challenges, including the philosophical underpinnings of science, complexity thinking and Indigenous knowledges
2 demonstrate the foundational academic skills required to produce, critique and reflect on science-based communications
3 devise creative approaches for engaging different stakeholder groups in complex environmental challenges
4 collaborate in a scholarly and professional setting.

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

  1. critically examine the value and limitations of science in addressing global challenges, including the philosophical underpinnings of science, complexity thinking and Indigenous knowledges
  2. demonstrate the foundational academic skills required to produce, critique and reflect on science-based communications
  3. devise creative approaches for engaging different stakeholder groups in complex environmental challenges
  4. collaborate in a scholarly and professional setting.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.