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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Unit aim

Provides insight into what is needed to build resilience for our agricultural systems and communities, on local and global scales. Students will gain knowledge of the science of climate change, how we know our climate is changing; how this impacts natural cycles; why we are seeing an increasing number of disasters; and how we can predict what might happen next. Students will learn about some of the barriers to change, including neoliberalism and climate denialist behaviour. Resilience theory, and a range of regenerative solutions and mitigation approaches will be explored, including transformative research approaches — such as what Indigenous knowledge can teach us about understanding complex problems. There is an emphasis on building skills in developing an understanding of our role in mitigating complex global challenges, while working on practical solutions for building resilience in our rural landscapes and communities.

Unit content

  1. The science of climate change — natural cycles and the evidence base

  2. The impacts of climate change — environmental, socio-cultural, psychological and economic

  3. Business as usual? — Climate denial, neoliberalism and economic growth

  4. Resilience, mitigation and regeneration — Indigenous knowledge and living solutions

  5. Food production in a changing climate: why we need to regenerate our agricultural systems

  6. Building community resilience — disasters, vulnerability and community strategies

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 describe approaches to building resilience across communities and landscapes
2 explain theories of socio-ecological resilience and complexity in relationship with Indigenous knowledge
3 demonstrate high-level knowledge of the complexities involved in building resilience in the face of climate change
4 create innovate approaches to mitigating climate change at a personal level
5 create innovate approaches to mitigating climate change at a community and/or landscape level

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

  1. describe approaches to building resilience across communities and landscapes
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. explain theories of socio-ecological resilience and complexity in relationship with Indigenous knowledge
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  3. demonstrate high-level knowledge of the complexities involved in building resilience in the face of climate change
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  4. create innovate approaches to mitigating climate change at a personal level
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  5. create innovate approaches to mitigating climate change at a community and/or landscape level
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
    • GA7: