Course Outline of Environmental Management

Topics: Environmentalism, Environment, Sustainability Pages: 35 (4411 words) Published: July 5, 2013

 

 

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

 
 
 
 
 

 

Frameworks for Environmental Management

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 1: Introduction


 

 
 

Contents
Introduction .................................................................... 3 Learning outcomes................................................................................... 3 Readings for this unit ...................................................... 4 Your initial thoughts… .................................................... 6 What is the ‘environment’? .............................................. 7 Interpretations in Australian legislation................................................... 7 Cultural differences in interpretation ..................................................... 11 A complex concept................................................................................. 12 ‘Boxing’ environment ............................................................................ 14 Environmental management ............................................15 Forms of knowledge ........................................................16 Multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches ..................................... 17 Conclusion .....................................................................20 References cited .............................................................21

 

 

 

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Introduction
This unit is intended to provide an introduction to the course ‘Frameworks for Environmental Management’ and more broadly to the programs – GradCert, GradDip and Master of Environmental Management (MEM). A key message from this first unit is to recognise that environmental management is inherently an interdisciplinary (see below for explanation) exercise which draws on a very wide range of disciplinary understanding and tools. Environmental management necessarily also involves people’s worldview and values – about what is important in the environment and in our day-to-day lives. Hence your perspectives on environmental management issues are also an important input to our discussions. Of course it is very important that environmental managers must understand the different ways of looking at environmental issues held by different individuals and social groups. The Unit starts by exploring basic terms and concepts: • • • • What is meant by environment and by environmental management? What types of knowledge are relevant in environmental management: expert? local? indigenous? lay? Why is environmental interdisciplinary exercise? management necessarily a holistic and

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

What are the differences between multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary analysis and problem solving?

 
 

 

Learning outcomes
After the study of this unit you will be able to: • • • discuss the range of meanings of environment and environmental management; distinguish ‘different forms of knowledge’ and be able to discuss their relevance in environmental management; distinguish multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to analysis and problem solving of environmental management issues; understand the concept of ‘discourse’ and give examples of different discourses about the same issue.

 

 

 

 

 



 

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Readings for this unit
(Note: Readings preceded with * are high priority and will receive the principal attention in on-campus and Internet discussions.)

 

 

* Course overview

  Essential reading on course aims, learning outcomes, assessment and learning resources.

* Your textbook, which was developed at the Institute of Environmental...
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