ENM101 People and the Environment (8)

Professionals increasingly are required to deal with complex and uncertain socio-ecological issues in both their planning and practice. Social science is the body of theory, understanding and experience that deals with the human (or social) dimensions of environmental issues. This subject places social science knowledge squarely in the domain of natural resource and environmental management through a number of case studies, including the importance of knowledge and understandings of the Indigenous people of Australia in contemporary environmental and resource management issues. The subject has a residential school. Students completing this subject have a broad conceptual understanding of the importance of the human dimension in natural resource/environmental management.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENM101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have previously completed PKM101 or PKM105 may not enrol in this subject.

Incompatible Subjects

PKM101, PKM105

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a broad understanding the nature and philosophy of the social sciences,
  • have a broad understanding of the different social science disciplines,
  • have a broad understanding of how different groups of people, such as Indigenous Australians relate spiritually, emotionally, psychological and physically with the environment,
  • be able to critically consider some applications of social research in natural resource/environmental management,
  • be able to make sound judgments on the use and application of some current methods of social research,
  • be able to appreciate the importance of the human dimension for natural resource/environmental management.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Why bother with the human dimensions?
  • Introduction to the social sciences: Economics, philosophy and psychology
  • Introduction to the social sciences: Sociology and the sociological imagination
  • Introduction to the social sciences: Anthropology and the ethnographic approach
  • Social research: quantitative, qualitative and participative approaches
  • Ethical considerations of research with humans
  • NRM Case study 1: The changing face of protected area management
  • NRM Case study 2: Environmentally sustainable development
  • NRM Case study 3: Indigenous Australian's knowledge and understandings
  • NRM case study 4: Landcare
  • NRM case study 5: Environmentalism

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The purpose of the residential school is to allow distance students to participate in group exercises and share experiences. This will enhance learning of subject content, but is also an end in itself as participatory and/or reflective approaches to research are part of the subject material. Students will undertake two activities necessary for the completion of an assignment.  Most importantly, they will practice interview techniques on each other in a relatively safe and controlled environment. Learning sound and ethical interviewing is particularly important as many courses contain subjects which require students to undertake interviews for assessment.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.