Reshaping Environments

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reshaping Environments

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Design, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • 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

    This subject explores how environments shape us and we humans reshape the environment. It examines human attitudes to, impacts on and interactions with the environments in which we live by considering ?natural', transformed and built environments as sites of production and consumption, imagining and contest, in different parts of the globe. The subject considers the material relationship between the natural and built environments by exploring issues of resource use. Human demands for water, energy, food, fibres and minerals, will be examined in relation to the technologies and practices used to meet those needs, and the resulting creation of waste and pollution and impacts on climate and a range of ecosystems and species. These issues and processes will be presented and considered using thematic, geographically varied, historic and contemporary examples. The subject will operate at three ?scales' including: ?natural' landscapes and their ecosystems; cities and the urban environment; buildings.
    Learning Outcomes:
    At the conclusion of the subject students should be able to:
    - Discuss and critique ideas of sustainability;
    - Identify and describe the physical and social needs of humans and non-human species within their environments;
    - Identify and describe the ways that humans re-shape their environments to suit needs, expectations, and ethics;
    - Identify and describe the ways that economic, social and environmental norms shape environmentally significant action;
    - Identify, describe as a system, and detect the physical and social consequences of human efforts to reshape their environments;
    - Discuss how human-environment relationships and interactions have impacts for sustainability, future environmental design, norms and management.
    - Reflective journal throughout semester totalling approximately 1500 words (20%)
    - Tutorial participation during the semester (10%)
    - A three-part project report of 3000 words equivalent, due before week 6, week 9 (group submission), end of semester (70%).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.