GEOG204 - Environmental Sustainability: the Global Challenge

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Teaching Organisation: Nil

What is sustainability? How can we manage the rapid environmental changes taking place in our world? This unit aims to introduce students to the principles, theory and actions of sustainability, and also introduces the role of environmental processes in shaping the environment with a focus on interaction of humans with their environment and the causes of environmental crises. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will become equipped with a comprehensive understanding of sustainability and the global challenges of population growth, urbanisation, climate change, energy supply, agriculture, development and environmental pollution and degradation. The connections between our environment, poverty and social justice issues will be explored, with domestic and international initiatives to promote environmental sustainability evaluated. This unit highlights indigenous sustainability practises and processes, and how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and world First Peoples knowledges can advance sustainable environmental management. By using these ideas to explore the most pressing issues of the 21st century, this unit will prepare students to apply the principles of sustainability and environmental management to their future careers and wherever sustainability ideas and actions are needed.