Implementing Environmental Resilience and Addressing Complexity

10 Units

Traditional approaches to environmental management assume social-ecological systems (SESs) can be managed or controlled optimally and respond linearly and predictably. Yet this approach has repeatedly resulted in persistent environmental policy failure and/or resource management failure because the importance of maintaining overall system resilience has not been recognised. Resilience thinking and environmental complexity are theories which can inform better environmental management but are not commonly utilised in practice. The application of these theoretical approaches is a new and emerging field, both in Australia and internationally. This course will build students expertise so that they are able to apply resilience thinking and complexity theory through a simulated work place setting. It will give students the skills which are topical, relevant and in-demand in the Australian and international workforce. Students will be supported to learn how to apply new skills to a system case study.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate key components of resilience, environmental complexity and systems thinking.
  2. Apply resilience, environmental complexity and systems thinking to analyse a real world case study.
  3. Make policy recommendations for the management of a read world case study.
  4. Appropriately communicate the findings of their analysis and management to a non-specialist audience.
  5. Work individually and as an integral part of a team.

Topics will include:

  • stakeholder analysis,
  • conceputal systems thinking,
  • scenario planning,
  • governance, and
  • policy robustness.
Assumed Knowledge ENVS6530 or ENVS6525
Assessment Items
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - (Group Research Project participation) Postings to discussion board, summarising discussion board postings.
  • Journal - Writing and summarising reflective journal.
  • Projects - Individual research communication project - Summarising and appropriately communicating findings of group research project.
  • Reports - Writing final report (Group Research Report).
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ENVS65351

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