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. Students completing this subject have a broad conceptual understanding of the importance of the human dimension in natural resource/environmental management.

Availability

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

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:
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding the nature and philosophy of the social sciences;
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the different social science disciplines;
  • be able to demonstrate 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; and
  • be able to appreciate the importance of the human dimension for natural resource/environmental management.

Syllabus

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; and
  • NRM Case study 5: Environmentalism.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENM101 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Reflective journal
40
2
Essay on humans and 'nature'
20
3
Research methods: observation and interviewing
20
4
Research methods: questionnaire development report
20

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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