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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lyle Munro


This unit aims to introduce students to the ways in which sociological knowledge can be used to understand contemporary environmental issues. In order to achieve this, the unit has a dual focus - society and nature. First, it develops theoretical and conceptual knowledge drawn from traditional and contemporary sociological theory to provide analytical frameworks. Second, through the anlaysis of environmental issues, the unit seeks to apply these frameworks to specific local, national and international contexts.


  1. develop sociologically informed theoretical and conceptual frameworks for the analysis of contemporary environmental issues;
  2. apply these frameworks to a range of contemporary environmental problems;
  3. consider the implications and uses of this analysis for contributing to our understanding of contemporary environmental issues and relevant public debate;
  4. present well-constructed written arguments which show evidence of wide reading and an ability to apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding to contemporary environmental issues and problems, especially in the examination.


Written work: 60% (2500 words)
2 hour Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Lyle Munro

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Community studies


SCY1801 and SCY1802 or equivalents


GSC2209, GSC3209, SCY2809