EV5020 - Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Knowledge of how ecosystems work that does not include consideration of the integral
role of humans in these systems is unlikely to provide a complete understanding required
to achieve conservation or sustainable use of natural resources. Successful environmental
management requires an interdisciplinary approach that includes information about
how humans interact with natural resources, and the complex feedbacks between their
values, perceptions, needs, behaviours, and environmental outcomes. This subject draws
on a multitude of contemporary theories from the rapidly evolving field of environmental
social science; including social-ecological systems, resilience thinking, sustainable
livelihoods, commons theory, and the psychology of environmentally significant behaviour.
The lectures draw on the current research of the lecturers and guest speakers, exposing
students to the latest developments in the field. This class is suitable for students
from a multitude of disciplines across the natural and social sciences, and is designed
to build the knowledge required to approach environmental problems from an interdisciplinary
- demonstrate an understanding of the relevance and importance of taking an integrated,
social- ecological approach to resolving environmental problems;
- demonstrate knowledge of relevant, contemporary human dimensions theories, concepts,
- apply environmental social science theory and methods to analysing real-world environmental
- communicate and critically evaluate the relevance and importance of environmental
social science to others within an environmental management context.
- presentations (40%)
- tutorial attendance and participation (10%)
- written assessments (50%).
|A basic understanding of environmental management and conservation principles and
issues is assumed for students undertaking this subject.
Study Period 1
|Census Date 26-Mar-2020
||Dr Amy Diedrich
||Assoc. Professor Simon Foale, Dr Amy Diedrich.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 26 hours lectures
- 15 hours tutorials
- assessment and self-directed study
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest