Environmental Studies - ENVPC13936

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of Humanities


Program: 3936 - Adv Science/Social Science


Bachelor of Social Science (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Stream Outline

Environmental Humanities is an interdisciplinary major stream that is designed to provide students with a solid foundation from which to understand and critically engage with contemporary environmental issues.

Species extinction, genetically modified organisms, climate change and nuclear power are just a few of the challenges facing us today. While these are all clearly ‘environmental’ issues, they are also all profoundly social, cultural and political challenges. Education in the Environmental Humanities focuses on developing critical insight into the ‘human dimensions’ of these environmental issues; issues that now permeate almost every aspect of our lives, from everyday lifestyle decisions to collective and public choices concerning urban development, energy security and food production.

Drawing on resources from across the humanities and social sciences, teaching in Environmental Humanities provides students with a valuable and distinctive approach to the environment, grounded in the fields of history, philosophy, geography, cultural studies, literature, science and technology studies (STS) and social theory.

The Environmental Humanities major stream aims to develop:
  • An awareness of the historical, philosophical and political implications of the human construction and transformation of the environment.
  • An ability to utilise a range of disciplinary methods to analyse and critically interrogate diverse perspectives on contemporary environmental concerns.
  • An understanding of the way environmental concerns have become prominent political issues, as well as how social, economic and technological systems affect human relationships with the environment and the ways in which environmental decisions are made and controversies resolved.
  • An ability to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis and resolution of contemporary environmental dilemmas

Stream Structure

A student who wishes to gain a major stream in Environmental Humanities must complete 54 units of credit including 12 UOC at level 1; at least 18 UOC at level 2 including the cornerstone course (ARTS2242); and at least 18 UOC at level 3 including the capstone course (ARTS3240).

Level 1

Level 2
The following level 2 courses from other subject areas can also be counted towards the Environmental Humanities major stream:
Environmental Humanities Cornerstone (Compulsory course)

Level 3
Environmental Studies Capstone course (Compulsory course)
Selected courses offered by the Institute of Environmental Studies and the Geography Program may be counted toward this plan but only with the express approval of the Environmental Humanities Coordinator.

Study Levels

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