HRT221 Ecological Design Systems (8)

Living sustainably requires an ethic of care and responsibility that enables us to maintain ourselves, our communities and our environments in ways that sustain and enhance life and wellbeing. To do this successfully requires the intentional design and management of human systems in ways that are compatible with and supportive of, all other natural systems. Permaculture, as a design system and philosophy of living, is used to explore processes for living sustainably and demonstrates principles of engagement with the natural world which bear relevance to holdings both large and small. Other design systems are also studied including Natural Sequence Farming and Yeoman?s Keyline. A key concept underpinning the study is the praxis of engagement between theory and practice. Besides covering the theory of design the subject will demonstrate how concepts work in practice.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 Agricultural and Wine Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

No enrolment restrictions

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to accurately demonstrate the ecological foundations of Permaculture, Keyline Farming, and Natural Sequence Farming
  • be able to demonstrate how to evaluate, for a particular context (eg farm, catchment, community, etc), its ecological and functional effectiveness and efficiency using permacultural concepts and landscape reading tools
  • be able to demonstrate how to design the development and management strategies and techniques compatible with Permaculture's goals for ecological sustainability
  • be able to develop an approach to design in an ecological context
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Permaculture: history and philosophy
  • Permaculture: ecological foundations
  • Ecosystem functions
  • Energy accounting and resource utilisation
  • Reading the landscape: ecosystem description and evaluation
  • Ecological thinking principles as applicable to farming in varying contexts
  • Planning and design principles and practices
  • Keyline farming: its principles & applications to ecological farming practices
  • Natural Sequence Farming: its principles and limitations
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.