CLIMATE, SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIETY

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2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

In this subject, students will examine the challenge of climate change that affects contemporary local and global societies from a multi-disciplinary approach. Students are introduced to the basic principles of the scientific, economic and sociological approaches that underpin the current debate. Through a problem-based approach, students develop a recognition and understanding of the causes and impact of climate change and the responses of science, society and business to this. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how our actions and choices affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems-now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJodie Young

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognize the varying vocabulary and basic concepts associated with the studies of climate, sustainability and society.

Activities:
Students are required to complete online and in class activities to show their understanding of the material.

02. Using provided information about a climate change issue, synthesise a reasoned view on the issue.

Activities:
Students are to write a 750 word essay discussing a current issue regarding climate change.

03. Analyze a climate change based scenario by collecting and using appropriate information to present a written response to a community group.

Activities:
Students are to write up a case study of a climate change scenario using a variety of resources. In groups they will also produce a group presentation on their scenario

04. Use a variety of resources to research a climate change senario.

Activities:
Students will use modelling programs and other resources to understand how climate change can be studied.

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJodie Young

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"an average of 2.0 hours per week of engagement with online subject material"

Lecture Week: 31 - 31
One 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One Synthesis task (750 word equiv)This task requires students to synthesise reasoned information and communicate it in a condensed and readable way20 02
Online and workshop activities (1500 word equivalent in total)Formative assessment as part of the blended learning cycle supporting transition between on-line activities and face to face workshops40 01
One case study of a climate change scenario. # 1200 word report (individual) 300 word presentationStudents work in small groups to present a case study at the end of semester. Assessment includes both individual (30%) and group work (10%).40 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"an average of 2.0 hours per week of engagement with online subject material"

Lecture Week: 31 - 31
One 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One Synthesis task (750 word equiv)This task requires students to synthesise reasoned information and communicate it in a condensed and readable way20 02
Online and workshop activities (1500 word equivalent in total)Formative assessment as part of the blended learning cycle supporting transition between on-line activities and face to face workshops40 01
One case study of a climate change scenario. # 1200 word report (individual) 300 word presentationStudents work in small groups to present a case study at the end of semester. Assessment includes both individual (30%) and group work (10%).40 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJodie Young

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"an average of 2.0 hours per week of engagement with online subject material"

Lecture Week: 31 - 31
One 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One Synthesis task (750 word equiv)This task requires students to synthesise reasoned information and communicate it in a condensed and readable way20 02
Online and workshop activities (1500 word equivalent in total)Formative assessment as part of the blended learning cycle supporting transition between on-line activities and face to face workshops40 01
One case study of a climate change scenario. # 1200 word report (individual) 300 word presentationStudents work in small groups to present a case study at the end of semester. Assessment includes both individual (30%) and group work (10%).40 01, 02, 03, 04