Environment & Society

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environment & Society

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Sustainability & systems concepts; global & Australian climates & land systems; human population & natural resource implications; characteristics of & human impacts on forest, rangeland, farmland, river, coast & city systems.
    *This course has a field trip component. Additional fees, paid directly to the university, may apply.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Progress to more advanced study
    2. Understand and discuss the main processes associated with key physical systems (coasts, rivers, atmosphere) and their interrelationships with society;
    3. Understand and explain the concept of sustainable resource management and know of the key limitations of this ideology
    4. Understand the concept of biodiversity and its values and the challenges that society must address in preserving biodiversity in the face of growing demographic pressures and to evaluate the impact of land use and land use change on the environment
    5. Apply basic field and laboratory skills to the collection and analysis of primary data on the state of physical systems ? specifically urban hydrological systems, and to employ verbal and written communication skills to effectively articulate your knowledge
    6. The ability to interact effectively with others in order to work towards a common outcome
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour
    Assessment Summary
    Report: 15%
    Field Report: 15%
    Essay (alternative assessment for non-field trip participants): 15%
    Report: 30%
    Final Exam: 40%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.