CLIMATE, SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIETY

ENV2CSS

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 employ the basic principles of the scientific, economic and sociological approaches that underpin the current debate to develop a recognition and understanding of the causes and impact of climate change on a variety of socio, political and geographic instances.  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-ordinatorKatherine Legge

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENV1CSS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply a robust vocabulary around the concepts associated with the studies of climate, sustainability and society.

Activities:
Online readings, activities and quizzes throughout the semester

02. Collate information about a climate change issue, and synthesise a reasoned view on the issue.

Activities:
Collation and synthesis developed through online activities culminating in 750 word written task.

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

Activities:
Use climate modelling software and work in small groups to interpret projections and outcomes

04. Compare and discuss predicted climate climate change scenarios for a variety of geographic locations and socio-ethnic communities.

Activities:
Use climate modelling software and work in small groups to interpret projections and outcomes. Write a 1000 word individual report comparison between two different locations.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatherine Legge

Class requirements

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.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One Synthesis task (750 words)This task requires students to synthesise reasoned information and communicate it in a condensed and readable way20 02
Online and workshop activities (500 words Equivalent)Formative assessment as part of the blended learning cycle supporting transition between on-line activities and face to face workshops40 01
Comparative report between climate change scenarios of two locations (3000 word equivalent).Students work in small groups to determine the climate change projections for at least two different geo-political regions. Individual students write a comparison of projected outcomes. Assessment includes both individual (30%) and group work (10%).40 01, 02, 03, 04