|Short Description:||Environmental Studies|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|ASCED code :||050999 - Environmental Studies not else|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||5 March 2021|
Students who have enrolled in or completed REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability cannot enrol in this course.
The course provides a general introduction and overview of the emergence of environmental issues at the global scale. An inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the environment is provided at a general level for students. The material is presented in a number of inter-related modules that cover the biophysical environment, politics, economy and society, and human impact on the natural environment. The course focuses on ecological principles for thinking about the environment, the links between society and environment and the concept of sustainability. Issues examined from a global perspective include land and water resource utilisation, mining and fishing, energy production and use, atmospheric pollution, urban systems and waste management. The role of politics and economics in the move towards environmental sustainability will also be examined.