Environmental and Resource Management (GEOS2121)


This unit of study explores interactions between humans and the natural environment. This encompasses cultural constructions of nature and resources, the evolution of environmental thought and the debates surrounding sustainable development. It integrates environmental, economic, cultural and social considerations in respect to natural resource management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. The unit of study introduces students to the various conceptual tools used by social scientists to approach the contemporary challenges facing environmental and resource management. Students learn about the social, cultural and environmental considerations that must be taken into account when developing and implementing environmental and resource management policies in an increasing congested 'marketplace of ideas'.

Further unit of study information


Two 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week.


One exam, one essay, one research report, tutorial attendance (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

24 credit points of Junior units of study, including (6 credit points of Junior Geoscience or ECOP1001 or ECOP1002)


GEOG2421 or GEOL2202 or GEOS2921

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.