Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability
Taught In English
Prerequisite: Completion of 24 creditsIncompatible: 2011AES Anthropological Perspectives
Course Level Recommendations
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionIt is essential that environmental scientists, planners and managers develop an understanding of the cultural values and practices that inform how societies relate to their environments, and the implications of these cultural beliefs and values for the sustainable management of natural resources. Anthropological Perspectives aims to provide students with knowledge of basic anthropological concepts, theories and methods as part of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. Ethnographic films shown in a weekly two hour workshop will augment the lectures and tutorials.Course IntroductionMost environmental problems can be linked to human activity. It is, therefore, essential that environmental scientists, planners and managers develop an understanding of the cultural values and practices that inform how societies relate to their environments, and the implications of these cultural beliefs and values for the sustainable management of natural resources. Anthropology can play a vital role by equipping environmental graduates with a cultural literacy that can enable them to develop a capacity to understand, document and interpret the myriad of ways in which human beings relate to their environments. Graduates equipped with such cultural literacy skills can play vital roles in natural resource management and environmental policy development arenas. It is a central contention of this course that the knowledge generated by anthropological research can contribute to the search for solutions to environmental problems. Thus, both anthropological practice and research can play a vital role in an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies.Course AimsThe aims of this course are:1. to provide initial anthropological orientation within the overall studies of environmental science byintroduction to anthropological theory and method.2. to provide cross-cultural awareness and skills.3. to provide a foundation for later studies of development issues and Indigenous peoples.4. to develop among students a firm scholarly base in research and writing within the social science tradition.Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1 Realise the importance of an anthropological perspective in environmental studies2 Obtain cross cultural skills and awareness and an appreciation of how these skills may facilitate more effective environmental management3 Engage effectively in later more focused studies related to the cultural aspects of environmental management4 Obtain a competent level of research, writing, oral presentation and critical thinking skills in the social science tradition, skills which have been identified as crucial graduate outcomes in terms of future employment opportunities
Weighting/Marked out of
Guided discussion with peers
Tutorial attendance and participation
Presentation - technical or professional
Assignment - Written Assignment
Assignment - Research-based Assignment
Exam - constructed response
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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.