Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ben Reid


Previously coded GES3350


National and international conflicts over the use of natural resources, eg. rainforest destruction, land degradation, pressure on water supplies and common property resources. Analysis of resource disputes, including socio-political aspects and debate over causes and trajectories. Different management approaches used to solve environmental problems, e.g. role of the state, communities, protected areas, and indigenous people.


Students successfully completing this unit will be expected to:

  1. Analyze the theoretical and empirical bases of resource management issues
  2. Appreciate the complex, intertwined nature of ecological, social, and political factors underlying resource management issues
  3. Recognize, apply, and distinguish between the main explanatory theories
  4. Be able to construct analytical arguments relevant to resource management issues in good quality writing.


Written work: 55% (2500 words)
Tutorial participation: 25%
Test: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ben Reid

Contact hours

3 hours (2 lectures and 1 tutorial) per week

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

Sustainability, environment and society
Geography and environmental science (ARTS)
Geographical science
Conservation of biological diversity and cultural heritage
Land and water management
Urban, regional and international development


A second-year sequence in geography or permission