Environmental Politics and Policy
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability
Taught In English
Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course highlights the important role of environmental politics and policy in furthering understanding of and addressing constructively questions such as: Who is responsible for protecting the Australian environment? What is being done? How might more be done to achieve ecological sustainable development? How do we analyse this? As such, Environmental Politics and Policy introduces key environmental political institutions; policy actors, processes and policies; and issues, in the ecopolitical terrain, central to achieving effective environmental management for long term environmental sustainability. The course is essential for the fields of environmental politics, policy, management and planning. This is a condensed course taught in the first 6 weeks of the semester. There will be a final assessment due on the Friday of Week 9.Course IntroductionWelcome to 2221ENV Environmental Politics and Policy for 2014. I hope you enjoy the course and gain a good introduction to environmental politics and policy in Australia. Please download the course outline and read it thoroughly in preparation for the first week of lectures.Course AimsWho is responsible for protecting the Australian environment? What is being done? Is enough being done? How might better environmental sustainability transition be achived through policy learning and implementation? The goal of Environmental Politics and Policy is to consider these important questions by offering an introduction into understanding, exploring and analysing the Australian environmental 'policy landscape' and how policy is done. We look at key environmental political institutions, actors, issues, policy processes and policies in the contested environmental political terrain, in focusing on the workings and outcomes of the Australian political system central to achieving more effective environmental policymaking and management to enhance environmental sustainability.The course also aims to:Help develop writing, oral communication and problem-solving skillsPromote critical reading, analytical and evaluation individually and in small-group discussionDevelop self-centred learning and reflective skillsProvide a good introduction to sustainability policy analysis of a ?real world? environmental problem/issueEnhance interpersonal and communication skillsWith these aims, the course also builds the graduate skills of the Griffith graduate including:Effective communication (oral and written)Information literacyProblem solvingCritical evaluationWork autonomously and in small groupsCreativity and innovationThese will help prepare graduates from a range of programs that Environmental Politics and Policy lies within, for professional careers and life outside University through acquiring the following skills identified inGriffith University?s vision of Preparing Students for the Workplace:How to learn and function in unfamiliar and unpredictable situationsHow to work in small groups, requiring collaboration, cooperation, and flexibilityBuilding careers on the basis of short-term projectsOverall, the course is important for the fields of environmental politics, policy, management and planning.Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1 Show achievement of content based outcomes through an introductory environmental social sciences understanding of Australian environmental politics and policy which directly contributes to the fields of environmental policy, management and planning, as developed in lectures, tutorials and workshops;2 Show achievement of cognitive outcomes through the understanding, exploration and analysis of environmental policy institutions, actors, issues, policy processes and policies in the Australian political terrain - and their integration, for environmental decision-making and enhanced environmental outcomes; and3 Show achievement of application outcomes by problem solving and critical thinking through the use of a reading portfolio, quizzes, and a major project report, by which to better understand and analyse environmental problems to contribute to better environmental outcomes and sustainability.
Weighting/Marked out of
Assignment - Written Assignment
Workplace based assessment
Regular tutorial and workshop attendance
Assignment - Problem Solving Assignment
Reading Portfolio (2 reading analyses)
Test or quiz
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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.