Course Title: Global Environmental Representations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Environmental Representations

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1137

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

ENVI1137

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Brendan Barrett

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2637

Course Coordinator Email: brendan.barrett@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course provides you with an overview of the representations and expressions of environment and nature in various cultural forms within different global contexts. You will examine ways in which worldviews, beliefs and practices are manifested in public policy and legislative responses. You will analyse contemporary policy and primary documents/texts and representations of environmental futures. In light of cultural insights gained from such analysis you will experiment with contemporary media strategies to develop environmental representations related to global discourses on sustainability.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the end of this course you will be able to:

* Describe several discourses on environment and nature that are currently in global circulation

* Link worldviews, beliefs and pratices to such underlying discourses on environment and nature

* Analyse a policy or representation of the environment in terms of underlying worldviews, beliefs and practices

* Use contemporary media strategies to promote a representation environment/or nature


At the completion of this course students will:

* Compare culturally specific and common historical trends in representations of environmental concerns

* Examine the social and political ideologies which underpin historic and contemporary representations of environmental concerns

* Demonstrate how cultural forms are used for social and political ends in relation to environmental issues

* Describe how cultural dialogues of environment can lead to change in environmental sustainability

* Describe and apply strategies for effective mdeia engagement in the communication of environmental social and political action


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in a multi-modal form, initially consisting of weekly lectures and workshops to build knowledge of historical and culturally specific forms of environmental representation. There will also be dedicated workshops for the development of media analysis and strategic planning skills, with a focus on the communication needs of partner environmental agencies. You will be required to critically analyse primary and secondary materials and develop media communication modules on contemporary environmental issues.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.You will be provided with a course reading pack and will be given access to a course online learning site.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes.

The assessment tasks may include essay writing, analysis of primary sources/visuals and the development of media and project communication strategies.

Feedback will be provided throught the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate variations to assessment methods and requirements. You can discuss this with your course co-ordinator and register with the RMIT Disability Liaison Unit to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for online review: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment