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ENVI311 Understanding Environmental Issues

An examination of contemporary environmental issues using concepts of scientific understanding, social, political and cultural construction and contestation, and intervention and transformation strategies.

Where do you stand on environmental issues? There seem so many it can feel overwhelming. In this paper we don-™t want to tell you what to think about those issues. We want to help you make sense of them by developing a way of thinking about them: what does the science tell us, what are the main social debates, and what solutions or interventions are possible? There is always more than one way to think about complex environmental issues, so we want you to be able to recognise those perspectives before deciding where you stand on things.

Paper title Understanding Environmental Issues
Paper code ENVI311
Subject Environment and Society
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
ENVI 111 or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Nicolas Cullen
Paper Structure
Each year three topics are selected as the core themes of the paper. Each of these topics is addressed in three ways to represent dominant academic modes of generating knowledge and developing understanding and considering solutions to environmental crises.
  • First, we examine the science around each topic
  • Second, we look at each topic in terms of the political, social and cultural constructions and contestations associated with them
  • Finally, the key mechanisms for influencing change, or for regulation or transformation of the particular crisis, are described
Through this three-fold engagement, the forms of knowledge and the insights from different disciplines are brought into dynamic interaction around a specific problem in much the same way that students of the paper will, potentially, have to engage with these problems as graduates.
Teaching Arrangements
The paper has two sessions per week: typically a lecture, then a lecture/workshop for the second session.
Textbooks
There is no set text book: readings are prescribed as necessary for the various modules.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper students should be able to:
  • Engage critically with scientific and social-scientific framing of environmental issues
  • Recognise the varied processes by which new knowledge and understanding about environmental issues are developed
  • Understand the means by which people engage in political transformation, intervention strategies, tools for change and .policy development.
Eligibility
This paper is open to students from any background, but it does require a willingness to learn and to participate in discussion.

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

An examination of contemporary environmental issues using concepts of scientific understanding, social, political and cultural construction and contestation, and intervention and transformation strategies.

Where do you stand on environmental issues? There seem so many it can feel overwhelming. In this paper we don't want to tell you what to think about those issues. We want to help you make sense of them by developing a way of thinking about them: what does the science tell us, what are the main social debates, and what solutions or interventions are possible? There is always more than one way to think about complex environmental issues, so we want you to be able to recognise those perspectives before deciding where you stand on things.

Paper title Understanding Environmental Issues
Paper code ENVI311
Subject Environment and Society
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second 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.

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Prerequisite
ENVI 111 or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
This paper is open to students from any background, but it does require a willingness to learn and to participate in discussion.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Ralf Ohlemuller

This paper is team-taught, involving staff with expertise in the physical and social sciences, environmental policy, planning and management.
Paper Structure
Each year three topics are selected as the core themes of the paper. Each of these topics is addressed in three ways to represent dominant academic modes of generating knowledge and developing understanding and considering solutions to environmental crises.
  • First, we examine the science around each topic
  • Second, we look at each topic in terms of the political, social and cultural constructions and contestations associated with them
  • Finally, the key mechanisms for influencing change, or for regulation or transformation of the particular crisis, are described
Through this three-fold engagement, the forms of knowledge and the insights from different disciplines are brought into dynamic interaction around a specific problem in much the same way that students of the paper will, potentially, have to engage with these problems as graduates.
Teaching Arrangements
The paper has two sessions per week: typically a lecture, then a lecture/workshop for the second session.
Textbooks
There is no set text book: readings are prescribed as necessary for the various modules.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper students should be able to:
  • Engage critically with scientific and social-scientific framing of environmental issues
  • Recognise the varied processes by which new knowledge and understanding about environmental issues are developed
  • Understand the means by which people engage in political transformation, intervention strategies, tools for change and .policy development.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41