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APR6012

Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Geography and Environmental Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan

Synopsis

This Graduate research colloquium traces the history and philosophy of ideas regarding human-environment relationships in the fields of physical and human geography, environmental management, and sustainability science. It examines the origins, logical underpinnings, modes of enquiry, content and future of these sub-fields. It offers the opportunity for reflecting on the prevailing paradigms of spatial enquiry and tensions that arises when these sub-fields attempt to create bridges between the physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an overview of the history and philosophy of ideas regarding human-environment relationships in the fields of physical and human geography, environmental management, and sustainability science;
  2. Understand the origins, logical underpinnings, modes of enquiry, content and futures of the relevant sub-fields;
  3. Reflect on the prevailing paradigms of spatial enquiry;
  4. Critically analyse the tensions arising from the inter and transdisciplinary perspectives presented by these subfields to estabilished disciplinary boundaries in the sciences and humanities;
  5. Position their doctoral research project in the historical traditions of their sub-field of specialisation
  6. Develop advanced skills in critical analysis (reading and writing) and theoretical argumentation of the history and philosophy of their chosen sub-field of specialisation

Assessment

Attendance and participation in the colloquium discussions: 20%
Seminar presentation and leading discussion: 20%
Historical review essay: 20% (1500 words)
Theoretical review essay: 40% (3000 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 3-hour seminar and 9-hours of private study per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Seminar and enquiry based learning, with use Moodle or similar program for sharing readings, and continuing discussions outside the weekly seminar period.

Prerequisites

Admission to Doctoral or Masters research program