Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Associate Professor Jo Lindsay


Not offered in 2016


The environmental challenges that confront society are staggering in their pace, scope and complexity. In this unit we explore the critical problem of global environmental change as a social process. We draw on key perspectives in environmental sociology to understand the challenges we face and to work toward solutions. We explore issues such as the economy and consumption and the social changes needed to create sustainable societies.


Students successfully completing this subject should be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate key perspectives in environmental sociology
  2. Apply sociological and social science perspectives to analysing issues of global and local environmental change and sustainability.
  3. Demonstrate strong comprehension and analytical skills in class discussion and assessment tasks


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 second-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Sociology.