Semester One, 18 points
Lectures: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5pm – 5.50pm
Note: ENVI111 is taught by a selection of academic staff from across the University. This group of academic staff changes year to year depending on availability. Lecturers will be confirmed in the course outline
Around the world, global environmental change is now a major concern of politicians and scientists, communities and individuals, public, private, and non-governmental organizations. News broadcasts constantly remind us of the symptoms of change, in the form of floods, droughts, famines, catastrophic landslides, conflicts and so forth. Can we be sure that the environment is changing? If it is changing, why? Are the changes the result of human actions? What is the evidence? Can/should these changes be managed?
The first part of the paper considers these questions, examining the problems of recognizing change in environmental systems, then considering the drivers of change in society and the implications for the global environment of different forms of human activity. Following this, the main part of ENVI111 is given over to a series of weekly themes: energy, water, food, climate change, hazards etc. These will usually mix lectures, class activities, and videos, over the four sessions from Monday to Thursday, with a different staff member taking each theme.
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|
|Subject||Environment and Society|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,627.65|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
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- Teaching staff
Course Coordinator: 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 lectures and covers aspects of environmental change
Assessment is 50% internal (on-going during the semester) and 50% external (final examination)
- Teaching Arrangements
Four 50-minute lectures per week
Text books are not required for this paper.
- 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).
- 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.
New Zealand 2007, Ministry for the Environment. Wellington
Copies in the Science Library. Available free from the Ministry (email@example.com). Individual chapters available from the MfE website, as PDF files:
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:
- 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