Environmental Politics and Policy

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Politics and Policy

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This 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 Introduction
    Welcome 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 Aims
    Who 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 skills
    Promote critical reading, analytical and evaluation individually and in small-group discussion
    Develop self-centred learning and reflective skills
    Provide a good introduction to sustainability policy analysis of a ?real world? environmental problem/issue
    Enhance interpersonal and communication skills
    With these aims, the course also builds the graduate skills of the Griffith graduate including:
    Effective communication (oral and written)
    Information literacy
    Problem solving
    Critical evaluation
    Work autonomously and in small groups
    Creativity and innovation
    These 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 in
    Griffith University?s vision of Preparing Students for the Workplace:
    How to learn and function in unfamiliar and unpredictable situations
    How to work in small groups, requiring collaboration, cooperation, and flexibility
    Building careers on the basis of short-term projects
    Overall, the course is important for the fields of environmental politics, policy, management and planning.
    Learning Outcomes
    After 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; and
    3 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.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Major Project


    Workplace based assessment
    Regular tutorial and workshop attendance


    Assignment - Problem Solving Assignment
    Reading Portfolio (2 reading analyses)


    Test or quiz
    Mid-semester test


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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.