Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this environmental studies subject students are introduced to some of the ideas and cultural beliefs that have shaped the way Australians perceive and interact with natural environments, and explore the implications of these perceptions for their practice. Students investigate aspects of traditional western European belief systems, as well as current developments in environmental studies that seek to critically reflect on human-nature relationships. Practical trips are designed to enable students to analyse how underlying environmental worldviews have shaped the diverse ways in which different groups have responded to natural environments through action observation and evaluation.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGenny Blades

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsReadings PackPrescribedVariousLA TROBE UNIVERSITY
ReadingsMain currents in western environmental thoughtRecommendedHay, P (2002)UNSW PRESS: SYDNEY
ReadingsSpoils and Spoilers: A History of Australians Shaping Their Environment.RecommendedBolton, G.C. (1982)SYDNEY: ALLEN & UNWIN.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGenny Blades

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 days field trip other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 36 - 36
One 8.0 hours workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 36 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Practical work: 1 day environmental action; 2.5 days theory based practical experiencePractical work hurdle (compulsory). Satisfactory participation and performance to defined exit standards are required to meet the compulsory hurdle assessment.0
one 1,800-word essay40
one 2,500-word assignment60