Introduces an understanding of environmental management as a subset of environmental governance by presenting broader issues that can impact the outcomes of various management approaches. Students will become aware of how world views influence legal and institutional structures and processes, for example, operate at different human scales, and how they have direct effects on the level of environmental conservation or degradation with a focus on biodiversity. This unit will provide useful insights into the challenges and limitations of environmental management with a focus on biodiversity in the real world, and how crucial it is that this must be strengthened at all levels.
- Human relationship with the natural world in particular biological resources.
- Environmental governance at different scales (local to global) and different forms (top-down centralised to co-governance to decentralised self-governance)
- Alternative world views on the environment (belief systems, knowledge base, values, ethics), linking knowledge systems (science, Indigenous Knowledge and Local Knowledge) to policy development and implementation
- Processes (policy, 'rules', compliance, monitoring and evaluation etc) local to national (links to 9), and regional to global.
- 'Rules' regulating behaviour (introduction to natural resource law, common vs statute)
- Public consultation and stakeholder engagement, decision-making processes (conflict resolution).
- Global governance for biodiversity and Australia's commitment to international governance. conventions, declarations
- Communicating environmental science to the public, awareness raising and education (power of advertising, shifting existing world-views etc.)
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||Define and explain the nature and role of environmental governance with particular reference to biodiversity||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|2||Analyse the relationship between governance and environmental sustainability.||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|3||Explain and evaluate biodiversity governance at different spatial scales (local, national, regional global)||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Critically analyse the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of governance including the role of differing world-views, cultural values and ethical considerations.||Intellectual rigour||Cultural competence|
|5||Explain the implications of poor governance on natural resource management, particularly in relation to biodiversity.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||Evaluate various biodiversity governance models (top-down, co-governance, self governance)||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||Evaluate environmental governance in Australia||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.