Course Title: Rural Resources and the Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 005221

Course Title: Rural Resources and the Environment

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Course Coordinator: Ruth Lane

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3578

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisite courses or assumed knowledge and capabilities for this course.

Course Description

This course introduces a conceptual framework for analysing current debates about land and resource management in rural areas. This is achieved by firstly exploring the many dimensions of sustainable development and its application to resource management. Pressures on land and resources, their current state, land use change, and policy responses will be examined. Issues such as property rights, stakeholders, policy, legislation, community approaches to resource management and indigenous land management will be covered over the semester. A major case study of the Murray Darling Basin will be used to draw together historical, political, economic and environmental perspectives on natural resource management. Other examples will be drawn from local, national and international case studies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Overview of Learning Activities

This is an intensive reading-based subject that will follow a lecture/discussion format in weekly meetings. It is essential that each student is well prepared for weekly discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

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Overview of Assessment

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