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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 so those 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 the following two units (12 points):

  • ATS1309 The global challenge
  • ATS1310 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 all compulsory units
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including all compulsory 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.

Compulsory units

  • ATS2547 Cities and Sustainability

Elective units

  • ATS3554 Resource evaluation and management (to be taken in the last year of the sequence)
  • ATS2639/ATS3639 Poverty, ecology and international justice
  • ATS2871/ATS3871 Environmental ethics

Additional elective units

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

  • ATS2399 The self and others: Identity and the experience of difference in the 21st Century
  • ATS2411/ATS3411 Weird weather: Literature, culture and climate
  • ATS2548 Environmental policy and management
  • ATS2549/ATS3549 Power and poverty: Geographies of uneven global development
  • ATS2259/ATS3259 Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental management
  • ATS2628 Power and poverty: International development in a globalised world
  • ATS2736 Environmental sociology
  • ATS2774 Understanding Australian landscapes: Soil-vegetation dynamics
  • ATS2778 People and places: Social geographies of exclusion
  • ATS2779 Climate change and variability
  • ATS2780 Geographical analysis
  • ATS2889/ATS3889 Indigenous knowledge in cross-cultural praxis: Aboriginal community field unit
  • ATS3281 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy
  • ATS3283 Sharing prosperity: Geographies of work, regional development and economy
  • ATS3546 Environmental assessment and decision making
  • ATS3553 Field studies in regional sustainability
  • ATS3555 Researching human environments
  • ATS3558 Global change and the earth system
  • ATS3787 Research methods in geography environment and sustainability
  • ATS3788 Soils, landscape and their management
  • ATS3790 Landscape processes
  • ATS3791 Environmental change: Past to future
  • ATS3898 Special topics in sustainability
  • ATS3902 Geopolitics of climate change
  • MGC2950 Systems thinking for sustainability: A policy perspective

* 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 2011

Elective units:

  • ATS2622 Production, consumerism and the environment in the contemporary world
  • ATS2709/ATS3709 Politics of environmentalism

Additional elective units:

  • ATS2427/ATS3427 Earthworks: Literature and environment
  • ATS2626 Global disasters: Impact, inquiry and change
  • ATS2886/ATS3886 Tourism and the environment
  • ATS3556 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific rims

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)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

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
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3909 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing