Environmental Humanities - ENVPE23573

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of Humanities and Languages


Program: 3573 - Commerce / Arts


Bachelor of Arts (Minor)

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Stream Outline

This stream structure is for the following students:

• Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Business, and Bachelor of Media students commencing from 2016
• Bachelor of International Studies students commencing from 2017

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.

Environmental Humanities is an interdisciplinary minor stream that is designed to provide you with a foundation from which to understand and critically engage with contemporary environmental issues. Drawing on resources from across the humanities and social sciences, teaching in Environmental Humanities provides you 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.

Stream Learning Outcomes

You should achieve the following learning outcomes upon the successful completion of the stream:
  • Describe the historical evolution of knowledge claims regarding the environment and society
  • Identify the ways in which environmental issues are implicated with knowledge claims, social and cultural practices, and fundamental questions of politics, meaning, value and ethics
  • Recognise the value of cross-disciplinary perspectives to contemporary environmental challenges

Stream Structure

If you wish to gain a minor stream in Environmental Humanities you must complete 24 units of credit including 12 UOC at Level 1, between 6 and 12 UOC at Level 2 and, optionally up to 6 UOC at Level 3. If you complete 12 UOC at Level 1 and 12 UOC at Level 2 you will have completed the minor.

Level 1

You must complete the following Level 1 core courses:

Level 2

You must complete at least 6 UOC at Level 2:

Level 3

You may complete 6 UOC at Level 3:
The following courses from other subject areas can also be counted towards the Environmental Humanities minor stream:

Study Levels

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