Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSustainability Environment and Society
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bruce Missingham


Previously coded GES2460


This unit provides an introduction to different perspectives and issues that influence environmental policy and management. It examines the rise of environmentalism as a broad based movement and how it has led to the framing of environmental problems by policy makers and managers in terms of state regulation, market-based, and citizen participation approaches. Themes include western ideas of property rights, neoliberalism and environmental governance, scientization of environmental knowledge, Indigenous environmental management, internationalisation of environmental policy and corporate environmentalism.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand how environmental policy-making and management is positioned within governance structures and broader social and political contexts.
  2. Understand the main approaches to policy and management
  3. Understand the geographical relationship between environmental issues, policy and management across local, national, international, and global levels
  4. Understand the strengths and limitations of scientific knowledge in environmental policy and management


Essay: 40%
Tutorials presentation: 25%
Tutorial paper: 25%
Participation in tutorials: 10%
Total assessment: = 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week and
One 2-hour tutorial per week

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


A first-year sequence in Geography and Environmental Science, or permission


ENV2011, ATS3548