Climate change, loss of biodiversity and toxic pollution of ecosystems pose serious threats to the lives and livelihoods of future generations. We cannot tackle these critical global challenges by solely understanding narrow disciplinary issues; the challenge the global community faces requires a broader, multidisciplinary lens. Planetary Health builds on the University of Sydney's commitment to multidisciplinary research and education. It drives research, education and leadership on the relationships between ecological, economic and social change and the health and wellbeing of future generations. Put simply, planetary health is the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends. This unit will introduce undergraduate students to global challenges and the wide range of perspectives needed to understand and act given the complexity of global systems. This will be done using a case study approach to explore a variety of issues that challenge student thinking and force them to go beyond their disciplinary lenses. For example, a case study on urban waste brings in issues such as soil pollution, human health, consumption, economics, the food system and urban development. This OLE will bring together academics from across the University in a collaborative model of education.
1 x 2 day workshop, plus online discussion
1 x photo plus short written assignment - 150wds (20%), participation and discussion (15%), newspaper opinion piece - 800wds (20%), case study analysis - 2500wds (45%)
readings and other resources will be available through the elearning site