2024 unit offering information will be available in November 2023
Introduces students to the role of science in understanding the complex socio-ecological interactions involved in our biggest global challenges, including climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss, pollution and overfishing. Students will build an understanding of the foundations, philosophies and ethics that underpin science, exploring the role of science in society and vice versa. Bringing together knowledge of science, stakeholders and Indigenous thinking enables students to develop creative solutions to complex global challenges. This unit also supports students to develop foundational academic skills, including literature searching, referencing, collaboration, critical thinking, academic writing and science-communication.
Using case studies of globally important environmental challenges, the following will be explored:
Science and Philosophy: exploring the scientific method, the history of science philosophy and holistic systems thinking
People and Planet: Indigenous knowledges, stakeholders and socio-ecological systems
Land and Water: agricultural, landscape and freshwater challenges
Oceans: overfishing, pollution and acidification
Climate change and the complex interactions of global challenges
Critical Issues for Science and Global Challenges
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.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||critically examine the value, limitations and ethical considerations of science in addressing global challenges, including its philosophical underpinnings, complexity thinking and Indigenous knowledges|
|2||demonstrate the foundational academic skills required to produce, critique and reflect on science-based communications|
|3||devise creative approaches for engaging different stakeholder groups in complex environmental challenges|
|4||collaborate in a scholarly and professional setting.|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- critically examine the value, limitations and ethical considerations of science in addressing global challenges, including its philosophical underpinnings, complexity thinking and Indigenous knowledges
- demonstrate the foundational academic skills required to produce, critique and reflect on science-based communications
- devise creative approaches for engaging different stakeholder groups in complex environmental challenges
- collaborate in a scholarly and professional setting.
Teaching and assessment
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