Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Explores the emergence of holistic, complex, adaptive systems approaches to thinking and knowledge, compared with reductionist science and mechanistic understandings of nature. Examines human ecology, including the role of different belief systems and their impact on ecological perspectives, which in turn influence individual and communal behaviour. Considers the role of ecological literacy in the context of regenerative agriculture. Students explore their connection to the environment, to systems and to holistic thinking through theory and practice.

Unit content

  • The integral role of self-knowledge in farming practice and land management
  • Mechanistic models, complex adaptive systems and regenerative agriculture
  • Building reductionism and holism into a framework of understanding
  • Demonstrating how holism functions in ecosystem management
  • Ecological perspectives, human ecology and ecological literacy
  • The challenge of paradox in complex systems
  • The influence of human perspectives in regenerative agriculture

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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