Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSustainability Environment and Society
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bruce Missingham


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


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS3548, AZA2548, AZA3548