GEOS2121/2921: Environmental & Resource Management

GEOS2121 Environmental & Resource Management

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Dr Jeff Neilson
Teacher: Prof Phil McManus
Session: Semester 2
Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorials and one 1-hour practical per week.
Prerequisites: 24 credit points of junior units of study, including 6 credit points of Junior Geoscience or ECOP1001 or ECOP1002
Prohibitions: GEOG2421, GEOL2202, GEOS2921
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, one essay, one research report, and tutorial attendance (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

This unit of study explores cultural constructions of nature and resources, the evolution of environmental thought, and the debates surrounding sustainable development and climate change. It integrates environmental, economic, cultural and social considerations in respect to natural resource management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. The environmental considerations extend to an understanding of climatic responses over the long term that provide constraints on resource management today, and how these responses are projected to vary in future. These environmental constraints include air, land, vegetation and water resources and are examined in relation to current issues driving contemporary debate on the politics of climate change that must now be considered in environmental management. These concepts and principles are reinforced through the analysis of real-world data from the Hunter Valley of NSW – a region rich in resources with many stakeholders that hold differing, sometimes contrary perceptions of environmental and resource management. The unit of study enables students to 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 increasingly congested 'marketplace of ideas'.

GEOS2921 Environmental & Resource Management Advanced

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Dr Jeff Neilson
Teacher: Prof Phil McManus
Session: Semester 2
Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorials and one 1-hour practical per week.
Prerequisites: 24 credit points of Junior units of study, including a distinction in 6 credit points of Junior Geoscience or in ECOP1001 or ECOP1002. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
Prohibitions: GEOG2421, GEOL2202, GEOS2121
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, one media report, one research report, and tutorial attendance (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
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Advanced students will receive the same core lecture materials as for GEOS2121 but are required to complete an alternative written assessment task.