National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 3Session 3
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Unit description

Aims to make students aware of the relationship between human development and the environment. Managing this relationship is a key determinant to human survival, and any efforts towards the achievement of Sustainable Development. The overall goal would be to encourage students to understand the need for a moderation of the human development process, in recognition of the limitations of the finite nature of the Earth System. Flexible and ethical decision making and communication skills will be developed through the learning process.

Unit content

Environmental impacts of human development – historical evidence from data

Global change and development

Ethics of development

Factors influencing environmental change in terrestrial and marine systems.

Distributional issues and conflict over resource use in fisheries and forestry

Environmental monitoring and pressure on global marine and terrestrial resources

Options for managing the marine and freshwater environments in the 21st century

Marine ecosystems as human food systems

Barriers to sustainable development in marine and terrestrial environments

Considering future scenarios – what future for the oceans?

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

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Teaching and assessment


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