Technology and the Environment

10 Units

Develops an understanding of a systematic approach to policy making and an awareness of how non-technical dimensions, including ethical, spiritual, social, political and economic issues, can arise, and should be systematically treated, in technological and management decisions, particularly in relation to systemic bio-physical evaluation and the nature of norms as design constraints in socio-political contexts.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004


The objectives of the course are: (1) Impart to individual students mature and disciplined knowledge of the nature of values and norms, the nature of systems and systems design, and the systematic incorporation of relevant values and norms into systems design generally and environmental design in particular. (2) Impart to students critical skills to deal with the issues involved and employ the knowledge and methods involved in their assessment of their own culture and societal life, and in thinking about their own personal lives. (3) Develop high level written and oral skills in analysing and presenting environmental issues. (4) Develop a capacity to appreciate the values and norms involved in how people approach ways of living and evaluating life situations.


The course covers the nature of norms and their application, basic principles of dynamic systems and of the choice of systems models, analyses of systems normative dimensions (e.g. robustness criteria) and socio-political systems and their normative character and impacts, including in environmental design.

Replacing Course(s)
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Qualification for entry to the Diploma or Master of Environmental Studies, or equivalent.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Group Project (6,000-10,000 words) 75%, provides the opportunity to develop an extended complex system analysis on technological system or policy design. Groups consist of 4-6 students getting together to produce a coherent account on one topic. This will demonstrate the application of both knowledge and skills, and provides experience in performing multi-tasking group work.
  • Presentations - Group - Group presentation 15%, 1 Hour assessment and feedback on developing knowledge of the subject area and on developing the capacity to critically analyse and argue issues in this subject.
  • Presentations - Individual - Individual presentation 10%, 1/2 hour assessment and feedback on developing knowledge of the subject area and on developing the capacity to critically analyse and argue issues in this subject.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for PHIL6910

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