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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Ms Jodi Evans



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit explores the ways that people develop knowledge and understanding in and of outdoor environments. These include geographical, scientific, aesthetic, spiritual and narrative ways of knowing. Students examine environmental land use history for particular Australian environments (inland rivers, floodplain forests and grasslands) in order to understand how different ways of knowing contribute to the attitudes and actions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and settler Australians, and how these groups have impacted upon and modified these environments. Students consider the connections between various types of land use and environmental impacts in local, regional, national and global environmental contexts.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. assess key changes, pressures and responses over time, and understand the likely impacts and uncertainties associated with current trends in environmental change
  2. analyse and evaluate information on historic and contemporary human interactions with outdoor environments, with specific reference to key events and activities
  3. communicate the significance of a range of ways of knowing, specifically in relation to how people develop knowledge and understanding of outdoor environments
  4. construct a complex argument, and transmit it to others, about how humans impact upon environments at local, regional, national and global levels.


Issues paper (1500 words equivalent, 40%)
Essay (2500 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students

  • workshops: 18 hours over the semester
  • 1-day off-campus intensive

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester (average 10 hours per week)

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