Waste and Society

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Waste and Society

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability, Social Ecology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit at Level 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course allows a multi-dimensional study of waste. We will consider the history, politics, psychology, philosophy, sociology and cultural implications of the wastes generated by human society. Dimensions and topics include: life cycles of materials, how we make knowledge about waste, the social implications of waste management technologies, 'legacy' issues and the 'colonisation of the future' by wastes.
    Our waste stream examples will include plastics, water and sewage, nuclear materials, industrial sea dumping, trade in toxic wastes, domestic landfill, wastes from construction, mining, agriculture and the military, and the creation of 'wastelands' and contaminated sites. We will seek out solutions to the generation of wastes and ways to manage wastes, through studying the precautionary principle, environmental justice, international waste conventions and treaties, and regulatory and community responses to waste.
    The course will make use of creative 'visioning exercises' to explore alternative futures for waste and society.

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.


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