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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Megan Farrelly


Previously coded ENV4040


Drawing on environmental expertise from inside and outside the university, this unit provides students with a fundamental technical understanding of a range of contemporary and emerging environmental issues such as loss of biodiversity, global warming, waste management, genetic engineering, water scarcity and management, and urban and rural sustainability. Throughout, the coordinator will ensure that social concepts and frameworks of sustainability are woven into a more comprehensive technical understanding of the environmental issues. The unit also considers responses proposed and/or implemented to address the various environmental issues.


Students successfully completing this unit will be expected to demonstrate:

  1. A fundamental understanding of the scientific basis of a range of key environmental issues.
  2. The ability to recognize that scientific understanding of major environmental issues is not complete, and that there are a range of scientific perspectives that can be brought to bear on any particular environmental issue.
  3. The ability to apply social concepts and frameworks of sustainability to key environmental issues.
  4. An awareness of the responses proposed and/or implemented in response to key environmental issues.
  5. A capacity to construct critical and analytical argument in oral and written form, relevant to discussion of major environmental issues.


Reading commentaries 1000 words 25%
Oral presentation (debate participation) Equivalent to 500 words 25%
Research essay 3000 words 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Megan Farrelly

Contact hours

Two, two-day intensive class sessions held in weeks 3 and 5