oed1we world views




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.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGenny Blades

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the fundamental values and beliefs that underpin two environmental worldviews

Lectures, tutorials, practical work

02. Describe these worldviews and their application to contemporary environmental issues

Lectures, tutorials, practical work

03. Reflect on your personal worldview and how it may inform your own relationship to the environment

Lectures, tutorials, practical work

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGenny Blades

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 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.

TutorialWeek: 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.

LectureWeek: 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.

Field TripWeek: 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.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1,600-word essay4001, 02, 03
2,500-word assignmentPractical work hurdle (compulsory): satisfactory participation and performance in practical work6001, 02, 03