The principal aim of this unit is 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.
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?
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||critically evaluate and report on the links between the marine and terrestrial environment and human development||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills|
|2||investigate the finite nature of the earth system and its limits to economic growth||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills|
|3||examine the consequences of exploitation of environmental resources and human development||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills|
|4||evaluate human responsibility for global inequality, and the implications for human security||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills|
|5||explore the implications for Australia of a minimum of five global marine or terrestrial issues.||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills|
- There is no prescribed text for this unit but readings will be provided throughout the learning process: Readings for the unit will be provided through the library as usual, ..
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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