ENM421 Conservation in a Global Context (8)


This subject introduces students to the key international environmental issues and the impacts on natural ecosystems and human communities. The subject presents an overview of the methods used by governments, communities, agencies and non-government organisations to address the key environmental problems facing the world today. Students learn about a range of environmental issues from a multitude of speakers, all specialists in their fields, active at the forefront of research or management. The subject has no residential school and is taught through innovative use of flexible learning technology. Students completing this subject can critically reflect on a range of case studies to propose ways to address a range of global environmental issues.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENM421
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Students who have completed ENM121 or ENM221 cannot enrol in this subject
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ENM121 ENM221 ENM121 Paired Subject
ENM221 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a broad and coherent understanding of the nature of global environmental systems
  • have a broad and coherent understanding of the causes and complexity associated with important environmental issues
  • have the ability to describe and identify the effects of environmental issues on natural and human communities in a variety of contexts
  • have the ability to identify and assess the likely impact of a variety of responds to global environmental issues
  • use initiative to make sound judgement about ways to address a range of global environmental issues


The subject will cover the following topics:
  1. Overview of the major biological and physical environments of the world
  2. Causes of the major global environmental problems
  3. Environmental problems and their effect on the natural world
  4. Environmental problems and their effect on the human world
  5. Strategies for addressing environmental problems
  6. Role of governments, non government organisations, communities and institutions in addressing global environmental problems.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.