Faculty of Arts

Monash University

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Geography and Environmental Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan


This Graduate Research Colloquium examines emerging debates and ongoing controversies in the fields of physical and human geography, environmental management, and sustainability science. Most of the controversies in these fields are interdisciplinary and require understanding of the different perspectives that fuel debates and competing views regarding problem solving, policy, and practice. Students will be introduced to cutting-edge research and critical insights into the process of problem formulation and state of the art in these fields.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an overview of the major controversies and debates taking place in the fields of physical and human geography, environmental and sustainability sciences.
  2. Delineate the interdisciplinary terrain and differing perspectives that give rise to controversies in these fields.
  3. Develop a thorough grasp of the major debates within the sub-field of specialisation relevant to their research project.
  4. Critically assess and review the arguments presented in relation to the major controversy in their sub-field of specialisation.
  5. Develop advanced skills in critical analysis (reading and writing) of scientific literature, theoretical argumentation, conceptual and methodological thinking across disciplinary boundaries.


Attendance and participation in the colloquium discussions: 20%
Seminar presentation and leading discussion: 20%
Summarising public media/blogs/reports on current controversies with a sub-field: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Nine hours private study and one 3-hour seminar per week


Must be admitted to the Doctoral or Masters research program