Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHuman Geography
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan


Previously coded IDA5130


This unit explores the ways in which ideas about nature, science, and human action have revolutionised theories, practices and politics of international development and global environmental change. It explores the major historical and contemporary debates in the natural and social sciences concerning nature and human agency , reflexive modernity, environmental risk and uncertainty, biopolitics, and emergence of current thinking about the relationships between post-humanity, techno-science and nature.


Students who have regularly attended the seminar each week and fulfilled all requirements during the semester will:

  1. understand the history of ideas and conceptions of the environment;
  2. understand key theoretical perspectives regarding changing relationships between science, nature, and human subjectivity; and
  3. have critically analysed the genealogies of contemporary debates about environmental crises, ecological change, and biopolitics of development.


Written work: 75% (4000 words)
Oral presentation: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 3-hour seminar per week