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ENVI111 Environment and Society

Fundamentals of the Earth’s environmental systems; human impact on natural systems at global, national and regional scales. Environmental hazards, concerns and issues; ethical, legislative, economic, and political responses and constraints.

Environment and Society is designed to provide students from all disciplines and backgrounds with an awareness of current environmental concerns at the global, national and local levels. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship between people, their activities, and the biophysical environment, and on developing an informed understanding of the socio-cultural context of environmental problems. Acknowledging the range of values different people have for environmental systems and natural resources is critical to constructing meaningful responses to environmental challenges. Environment and Society requires students to critically think about environmental issues, ask questions about the evidence for such issues and make decisions based on the evidence put forward to support claims about the environment.

Paper title Environment and Society
Paper code ENVI111
Subject Environment and Society
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Wayne Stephenson

This paper is taught by a selection of academic staff from across the campus. This group of academic staff changes from year to year depending on availability. Academic staff to be confirmed in the course outline

Teaching Fellow: Ben Varkalis
Paper Structure
This paper consists of four 1-hour lectures per week.
Teaching Arrangements
Assessment:
  • Essay 1: (international topic) 40%
  • Essay 2: (New Zealand topic) 15%
  • Environmental Advert (group assignment) 10%
  • Final Examination 60%
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.

Recommended text:
  • Middleton, N. (5th ed) (2013). Global Casino: An Introduction to Environmental Issues. Routledge, London. 614p (two copies will be placed on close reserve in the Science Library).
Supplementary Sources:
  • Hay, I. 2012. Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
  • Matthews, J.A. (2012). The SAGE handbook of environmental change, SAGE, Los Angeles
  • Slaymaker, et al. (eds) 2009. Geomorphology and global environmental change. Cambridge University Press.
  • W.P. & M.A. Cunningham, & B.F. Saigo. (10th ed) (2008). Environmental Science: A Global Concern, McGraw-Hill, Boston. 618p.
  • Kemp, D.D. (2004). Exploring Environmental Issues: an Integrated Approach. Routledge, London. 444p.
  • Environment New Zealand 2007, Ministry for the Environment. Wellington
    Copies in the Science Library. Available free from the Ministry (publications@mfe.govt.nz). Individual chapters available from the MfE website, as PDF files:
    http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/ser/enz07-summary-dec07/html/index.html
    This is a follow-up to the State of the New Zealand Environment 1997 report from MfE.
  • More up-to-date and specialised reports are available from:
    https://www.mfe.govt.nz/environmental-reporting/index.html
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, it is our intention that you will have:
  • A greater awareness of the nature of environmental problems facing global, national and regional communities at the present
  • An understanding of some of the "drivers" of environmental change
  • An understanding of the range of values different people have for environmental systems and natural resources
  • An awareness of some of the institutional responses seen in New Zealand, and other countries, to cope with environmental concerns

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 18-22
Wednesday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22

Fundamentals of the Earth’s environmental systems; human impact on natural systems at global, national and regional scales. Environmental hazards, concerns and issues; ethical, legislative, economic, and political responses and constraints.

Environment and Society is designed to provide students from all disciplines and backgrounds with an awareness of current environmental concerns at the global, national and local levels. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship between people, their activities, and the biophysical environment, and on developing an informed understanding of the socio-cultural context of environmental problems. Acknowledging the range of values different people have for environmental systems and natural resources is critical to constructing meaningful responses to environmental challenges. Environment and Society requires students to critically think about environmental issues, ask questions about the evidence for such issues and make decisions based on the evidence put forward to support claims about the environment.

Paper title Environment and Society
Paper code ENVI111
Subject Environment and Society
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Wayne Stephenson

This paper is taught by a selection of academic staff from across the campus. This group of academic staff changes from year to year depending on availability. Academic staff to be confirmed in the course outline

Teaching Fellow: Ben Varkalis
Paper Structure
This paper consists of four 1-hour lectures per week.
Teaching Arrangements
Assessment:
  • Essay 1: (international topic) 40%
  • Essay 2: (New Zealand topic) 15%
  • Environmental Advert (group assignment) 10%
  • Final Examination 60%
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, it is our intention that you will have:
  • A greater awareness of the nature of environmental problems facing global, national and regional communities at the present
  • An understanding of some of the "drivers" of environmental change
  • An understanding of the range of values different people have for environmental systems and natural resources
  • An awareness of some of the institutional responses seen in New Zealand, and other countries, to cope with environmental concerns
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.

Recommended text:
  • Middleton, N. (5th ed) (2013). Global Casino: An Introduction to Environmental Issues. Routledge, London. 614p (two copies will be placed on close reserve in the Science Library).
Supplementary Sources:
  • Hay, I. 2012. Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
  • Matthews, J.A. (2012). The SAGE handbook of environmental change, SAGE, Los Angeles
  • Slaymaker, et al. (eds) 2009. Geomorphology and global environmental change. Cambridge University Press.
  • W.P. & M.A. Cunningham, & B.F. Saigo. (10th ed) (2008). Environmental Science: A Global Concern, McGraw-Hill, Boston. 618p.
  • Kemp, D.D. (2004). Exploring Environmental Issues: an Integrated Approach. Routledge, London. 444p.
  • Environment New Zealand 2007, Ministry for the Environment. Wellington
    Copies in the Science Library. Available free from the Ministry (publications@mfe.govt.nz). Individual chapters available from the MfE website, as PDF files:
    http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/ser/enz07-summary-dec07/html/index.html
    This is a follow-up to the State of the New Zealand Environment 1997 report from MfE.
  • More up-to-date and specialised reports are available from:
    https://www.mfe.govt.nz/environmental-reporting/index.html

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Thursday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22