ENVMGT 742 : Social Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Identify some of the drivers of anthropogenic climate change and explain the implications of climate change on social-ecological systems. (Capability 1 and 4)
- Demonstrate an understanding of how and why people disagree about climate change, and ways to resolve these disagreements (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 6)
- Understand and critically evaluate the role worldviews, values, and norms play in people's perceptions of and responses to environmental risks and climate change (Capability 1 and 2)
- Critically analyse differential vulnerability, adaptive capacity, and resilience of selected systems to climate variability, and change. (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
- Demonstrate ability to conduct independent research on international climate change mitigation and communicate the research through a presentation and written reflection (Capability 1, 4 and 5)
- Independently research, analyse, and communicate climate mitigation and adaptation policies and plans and develop communication skills through the completing weekly discussions, reviews of literature, presentation, and report (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
- Identify, explain and critically evaluate strategies to enhance the capacity of systems, communities, and institutions to mitigate and adapt environmental conditions. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 6)
- Critically evaluate the climate justice implications of current efforts to address climate change (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 6)
|Presentation||20%||Group & Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
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- Overview of key drivers of climate change
- Impacts of climate change on human and non-human communities
- Public attitudes towards climate change, including climate scepticism
- Media representations of climate change
- International climate change agreements and the role of non-state actors in negotiations
- Power dynamics, climate justice, and policy-making
- Carbon markets and carbon taxes
- Individuals' actions to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions
- Climate vulnerability and resilience
- Adaptive capacity and Indigenous Knowledge (IK)
- Adaptation and maladaptation
- Climate justice and climate refugees
This course is a standard 15-point course; students are expected to spend 10 hours per week in each 15-point course they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect to spend: 24 hours of lectures/tutorials; 48 hours of reading and course content revision; 48 hours working on your assignments and/or studying for the exam.
Attendance is required at scheduled online activities, including tutorials, to receive credit for the discussion components of the course. The course will include live online events, including group discussions/tutorials/lectures, which will be recorded. Attendance on campus is not required for the exam.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course. This course runs to the University semester timetable, and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
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Talis reading lists and links to journal articles will be provided for each topic.
During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
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In 2023, based on student feedback from the 2022 class, compulsory tutorials have been added to the course to allow students to engage in small-group active learning activities that translate the theoretical concepts into real-world scenarios
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In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.
The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.
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Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.