Graduate Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the graduate diploma should: * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values; * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts; * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force; * Communicate effectively; * Commit to continuous learning; * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * a minimum of 12.5 points core subjects from list A
        * a minimum of 37.5 points core subjects from list B
        * elective subjects to a total of 100 points

    Core subjects - List A

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-021  Environmental Politics and Management
    This subject explores a range of contemporary environmental issues in Australia and other postcolonial states and the ways in which people in these places engage with and manage these issues. Examining the history of the emergence and management of ...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-028  Sustainable Development
    The term 'sustainable development' is widely recognised but little understood, with over 50 definitions reflecting the different understandings of environmental theorists and practitioners. This subject discusses and interprets these key cu...     Semester 1     12.50

    Core subjects - List B

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-017  Society and Environments
    This subject aims to think critically and rigorously about the relationship between social and natural worlds. Its primary purpose is to question the idea that the environment exists outside of, and independent from, the realms of science, culture, p...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-022  Development and Urban Environments     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    121-033  Environmental Hydrology     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     25

    121-306  Applied Ecology
    This is a research-led subject that seeks to integrate a sound background in the application of ecological theory with its practical implementation to present-day management issues. It focuses on several key issues in the conservation and management ...     Semester 2     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-021  Environmental Politics and Management
    This subject explores a range of contemporary environmental issues in Australia and other postcolonial states and the ways in which people in these places engage with and manage these issues. Examining the history of the emergence and management of ...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-028  Sustainable Development
    The term 'sustainable development' is widely recognised but little understood, with over 50 definitions reflecting the different understandings of environmental theorists and practitioners. This subject discusses and interprets these key cu...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-310  Fluvial Geomorphology
    Fluvial geomorphology is the study of the role of rivers in shaping the morphology of the earth. This subject builds on the grounding in introductory geomorphology provided by . Students who complete the course will not only see the landscape with ne...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-315  Fieldwork Research Project
    A special study based on field research in an area of interest arising from one or more geography/environmental studies or subjects taken by the student. Students will gain a thorough understanding of a particular geographical or environmental issue ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    121-316  Environmental Change
    The Quaternary encompasses the past 2.5 million years of earth and human history. In this subject students will encounter topics such as climate changes, dating methods, glacial/interglacial cycles, sea level changes and associated biotic responses, ...     Semester 2     25

    121-320  China Field Class
    This subject consists of a three-week field trip to China in July with some pre-departure seminars in Melbourne and information sessions in Semester 1. The subject is designed to develop students' interests in Asia, in China in particular, and i...     Semester 2     25

    316-324  Environmental Economics
    Environmental issues will be addressed with the aid of economic theory. Topics include sustainability of economies; pollution as an externality; approaches to dealing with pollution in different countries; methods of valuing the environment and envir...     Semester 2     12.50

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