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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Geography and Environmental Science
Campus(es)Clayton, South Africa

Notes

  • Only selected units are available at South Africa and students cannot fulfil the requirements of a major in this area of study.

Description

Debates about sustainability are becoming central to the world's future. In this area of study students explore issues which surround achieving the integrity of natural systems while providing satisfying and productive lives for members of society. Students begin by studying the challenges posed by the natural world and by its use by humans. Further interdisciplinary studies investigate the ethical, political, social and cultural dimensions of production, consumption and natural resource management. They also provide opportunities to reflect on whether our current ways of thinking and living are sustainable, to consider what changes are appropriate and how they might be achieved.

Units

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in sustainability, environment and society must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

  • GES1050 The global challenge
  • GES1070 Natural hazards and human vulnerability

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in sustainability, environment and society must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below, including the core unit
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including the core unit and a minimum of three elective units. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

A maximum of two 'additional elective' units (12 points) can be taken.

Core

  • GES2340 Cities and Sustainability

Electives

  • GES3350 Resource evaluation and management (to be taken in the last year of the sequence)
  • INT2910/INT3910 Poverty, ecology and international justice

Additional electives

Students can also include a maximum of 12 points towards their major from the following units:

  • BHS2490 The self and others: Identity and the experience of difference in the 21st Century
  • CLS2055/CLS3055 Weird weather: Literature, culture and climate
  • GES2130 Soils, land use and the environment
  • GES2460 Environmental policy and management
  • GES2660/GES3660 Power and poverty: Geographies of uneven global development
  • GES2810/GES3810 Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental management
  • GES2860 Climate change and variability
  • GES3250 Environmental assessment and decision making
  • GES3360 Soils, landscape and their management
  • GES3420 Researching human environments
  • GES3470 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific rims
  • GES3555 Environmental change: Past to future
  • MGC2950 Systems thinking for sustainability: A policy perspective
  • SCY2809 Environmental sociology

* Note: Some of these electives may require permission from schools as students may not have completed first-year sequences in the appropriate discipline.

Units not offered in 2010

Electives:

Additional electives:

  • CLS2820/CLS3820 Earthworks: Literature and environment
  • GES2230/GES3230 Climatology
  • GES2240/GES3240 Geomorphology and soils
  • GES2320/GES3220 Tourism and the environment
  • GES3260 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy
  • GES3330 Field studies in regional sustainability
  • GES3530 Landscape processes
  • GES3750 Sharing prosperity: Geographies of work, regional development and economy
  • GES3890 Earth system interactions: From biogeochemical cycles to global change
  • INT2055 Global disasters: Impact, inquiry and change
  • SCY2480 Political sociology

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 4046 Diploma in Arts (Sustainability, Environment and Society)

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts - at Sunway
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1275 Bachelor of Communication
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 3909 Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts