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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to the challenges associated with the use of natural resources, exploring socio-ecological interactions and relevant solutions to our biggest environmental challenges, including climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss and pollution. The unit focuses on the skills required for a graduate to explore an environmental challenge, including identifying stakeholders and how to find, and determine the reliability of, relevant information. Teamwork and academic writing skills are developed and assessed.

Unit content

  1. A historical perspective of environmental challenges
  2. Socio-political responses to environmental issues
  3. Complex socio-ecological interactions
  4. Identifying stakeholders
  5. Indigenous knowledge
  6. Academic integrity and developing scientific research skills
  7. Working in teams and reflection
  8. Emerging solutions to environmental 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify and define environmental challengesCommunication and social skills
2use and evaluate sources of scientific and social evidence Ethical practiceCommunication and social skills
3identify stakeholders and the social processes affecting an environmental issueCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
4communicate environmental issues in a creative and professional mannerEthical practiceCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
5work in a team in a scholarly and professional settingCommunication and social skills

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

  1. identify and define environmental challenges
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. use and evaluate sources of scientific and social evidence
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. identify stakeholders and the social processes affecting an environmental issue
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. communicate environmental issues in a creative and professional manner
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. work in a team in a scholarly and professional setting
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

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