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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any 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

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

Society, cities and sustainability investigates the changing and complex relationship between people and their environments. In this area of study, we grapple with some of the major contemporary challenges the world faces - rapid urbanisation, environmental degradation, climate change, deepening poverty, uneven global development, and rising socioeconomic inequality. Combining human geography, social science and sustainability science, this interdisciplinary area of study provides students with a unique blend of analytical skills and knowledge required to find sustainable solutions to these global challenges. Students undertaking this area of study will integrate skills gained from critical thinking, grounded experience and field-based learning to develop applied research capabilities necessary for professional careers in urban and regional development, community and international development, and environmental management. It will prepare them to work in sustainable policy development and practice across a wide range of industry sectors, including state and federal government departments, international aid agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs), private and public research organisations, infrastructure agencies, and environmental and community-based organisations. This area of study also prepares students wanting to pursue careers in teaching geography, society and environment studies.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will be able to:

  • analyse and compare key spatial, social and environmental phenomena across a range of contexts and scales, informed by advanced theoretical concepts
  • demonstrate spatial competency in interpreting and justifying data to answer complex problems at the interface of human-environment relations
  • recognise and critically assess intellectual traditions in human geography, sustainability, international development and urban geography
  • work independently and in teams to produce creative solutions to address a range of social, urban and sustainability problems
  • critically evaluate policy interventions in sustainable development, environmental management, international development, and urban and regional policy
  • critically reflect on their own geographical practice and that of the discipline in relation to questions of social and ecological justice.

Units

Minor in society, cities and sustainability

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in society, cities and sustainability must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1309 The global challenge
  • ATS1310 Extreme earth! Natural hazards and human vulnerability

(b.) additional elective units from the list below (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives.

Major in society, cities and sustainability

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in society, cities and sustainability must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1309 The global challenge
  • ATS1310 Extreme earth! Natural hazards and human vulnerability

(b.) at least two second-year cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(i.) students must complete:

(ii.) plus one of:

  • ATS2547 Cities and sustainability*
  • ATS2628 Power and poverty: International development in a globalised world**

(c.) at least two third-year capstone unitscapstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(i.) students must complete:

  • ATS3787 Research methods in geography environment and sustainability

(ii.) plus one of:

  • ATS3283 Sharing prosperity*
  • ATS3554 Resource evaluation and management

(d.) additional elective units from the list below (12 points)

A minimum of three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level.

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives.

* This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

** This unit is also a cornerstone unit for international studiesinternational studies (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/international-studies/ug-arts-international-studies.html). Students completing a major in society, cities and sustainability and a major in international studies need to choose a different cornerstone unit for each major. A unit cannot be counted twice towards different majors.

Elective units

Highly recommended units

  • ATS2548 Environmental policy and management
  • ATS2778 Public spaces and city life
  • ATS3259 Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental management
  • ATS3281 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy*
  • ATS3546 Environmental assessment and decision making
  • ATS3551 Field studies in urban sustainability**
  • ATS3552 Remote sensing of the environment
  • ATS3553 Field studies in regional sustainability**
  • ATS3556 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific rims
  • ATS3791 Environmental change: Past to future***
  • ATS3887 Designing urban futures: Urban climate, water and adaptation
  • ATS3902 Geopolitics of climate change

Additional elective units

  • ATS2386/ATS3386 Paradise lost? Sustainability and Australia
  • ATS2633 Global cities: Past, present and future
  • ATS2871 Environmental ethics
  • ATS2946 Critical thinking: How to analyse arguments and improve your reasoning skills
  • ATS3626 Global disasters: Impact, inquiry and change
  • ATS3639 Poverty, ecology and international justice
  • MGC2950 Managing for sustainability****

* Field study unit in Italy. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

** Field study unit in South Africa. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

*** This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

**** Note: This unit does not count towards the 96 points in Arts required in a double degree.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 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)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 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
  • 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
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science
  • 4648 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts