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1 Discipline information session Dr John TibbySenior LecturerGeography, Environment and PopulationField work on Nth Stradbroke Island
2 Today… What is Geography, Environment and Population? What is the course content at level 1?What do some Upper level courses have to offer?Will it be useful in getting a job?
3 Core areas of study: Major foci in Discipline: Human Geography Physical GeographyMajor foci in Discipline:Population and migrationEnvironmental and climate changeEnvironmental managementEnvironment and developmentEnvironmental economicsUnderpinned by both theory and practical skill development
4 Applied outcomes (jobs & policy) Staff profile(relatively) young, new, enthusiasticdebates in Advertiser about congestion chargeadvice to SA, Australian government, UN on populationmajor report on climate change in Mt Lofty Rangesscientific advice on water managementTeaching/lecturingResearchApplied outcomes (jobs & policy)
5 Teaching and Research Focus Environmental change at local, national and global scales. Environmental change – encompassing social forces and biophysical processes – is rapidly altering our cities and suburbs, regional and rural landscapes, our natural heritage and biodiversity, as well as important political and economic aspects of the world as a whole.
6 1st Year courses: Globalisation, Justice and a Crowded Planet Footprints on a Fragile PlanetPopulation and Environment in AustraliaEconomy, Environment and PlaceGlobal average temperatureAustralian Population in 2006
7 Footprints topics include… Climate changeHealth of the Earth’s oceansImpacts of Aboriginal people on the Australian environmentSpecies loss in Australia and around the world
8 Answering tough questions Should Lake Alexandrina be flooded with sea water?Should Australia have a nuclear power industry?Does Adelaide need a desalination plant?Is the current drought natural?Low water levels in Lake Alexandrina
9 Field research Students doing water quality testing Learning first hand from the Upper River Torrens Landcare group
10 Population and Environment in Australia This course focuses on the important and complex two way relationship between Population and Environment and explores the implications for Australia’s future.It examines the contemporary dynamics of population growth, composition and spatial distribution and the role environmental factors have had in shaping Australia’s population. Equally too the impact of population on environment is examined .It explores the changing spatial distribution of the population together with issues like urbanisation, ‘sea change’ and rural depopulation and their inter-relationship with the environment and future issues associated with climate change.It assesses the impact of internal and international migration in changing the size, structure and distribution of Australia’s population.
11 A Complex Interrelationship: Population, Environment, Resources and Development
12 Population and Environment in Australia Distribution of Australian Population in 2006 Source: ABS year book 2008Distribution of Indigenous Population in 2006 Source: ABS year book 2008
14 Globalisation, Justice & a Crowded Planet FocusIncreasing interconnections across the globeAimto develop students critical understanding of the key processes of globalisation and evaluate their impacts.
15 Globalisation, Justice & a Crowded Planet The questions we consider…What do we mean by Globalisation? Is it a new phenomenon?How are local places connected into global processes?What are the impacts of globalisation on people and the places they live in?
16 Economy, Environment and Place Designed to generate a sound understanding of the interface between human economic activities, the natural environment and place.The course introduces economic concepts, principles and thoughts, which are regarded as a toolkit to interpret and diagnose contemporary environmental and social problems and prescribe appropriate policy responses to these problems.
17 Economy, Environment and Place Lecture topicsEconomic systems and utilitarianismResource scarcity and opportunity costEconomic decision-making and environmental degradationEnvironmental externalitiesEnvironmental problems and prisoner’s dilemmasComparative environmental policies in the Asia-Pacific RegionEconomic growth, unemployment and income inequalityEcologically sustainable economic growth
18 Assessment? Varies, but 1st year courses all have: Exam Essay or field reportSmaller tasks (e.g. quizzes, workshop exercises, marks for participating)
19 Advanced level courses At least 8 courses over 2 years (3 units each) Environmental ManagementIntroduction to Environmental Impact AssessmentUrban FuturesResource Scarcity and AllocationEnvironmental ChangeSocial Science TechniquesManaging Coastal EnvironmentsEnvironment and DevelopmentGovernance & Sustainable developmentIntroductory Geographic Information SystemsGeographies of Food and AgricultureBiogeography & Biodiversity ConservationPrinciples of Environmental EconomicsClimate ChangeEnvironmental Policy and Management Internship Population & HealthGlobal International Migration
20 Environmental Management Human GeographyEnvironmental ManagementPhysical GeographyGlobalisation, Justice and a Crowded Planet (1st Year)Population and Environment in Australia (1st Year)Environment and DevelopmentGlobal International MigrationMobile Spaces, Mobile SocietiesPopulation & HealthGovernance and Sustainable DevelopmentUrban FuturesFoucault, Space and Social SciencesHousing Policy and Practice in AustraliaEconomy, Environment and Place (1st Year)Environmental ManagementGovernance & Sustainable DevelopmentGeographies of Food and AgricultureIntroduction to Environmental Impact AssessmentManaging Coastal EnvironmentsResource Scarcity and AllocationFootprints on a Fragile Planet (1st Year)Biogeography & Biodiversity ConservationClimate ChangeEnvironmental ChangeSkills and Techniques CoursesIntroductory Geographic Information SystemsAdvanced Geographic Information SystemsApplied Population AnalysisSocial Science TechniquesEnvironmental Policy and Management Internship (6 units, 3rd year)
21 Governance and Sustainable Development Dr Thomas Wanner Governance can be understood as the rules, mechanisms, processes and institutions through which important decisions are made and implemented. Effective governance is seen necessary for achieving sustainable development which promotes ecological, economic and social sustainability.This course explores the crucial link between governance and sustainable development by looking at such issues as urban governance and sustainability; reflexive governance and learning; gender and governance; e-governance and sustainability; and global ecological governance in particular in regard to climate change
22 Climate Change Dr John Tibby How much has, and will, climate changed?What are the best responses at local to global scale?
23 Biogeography & Biodiversity Conservation Dr Douglas Bardsley What are the major patterns of biological diversity?How and why do we conserve it?
24 Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the systematic process of assessing the potential environmental impacts of major development proposals.This course explores, using many case studies from Australia and the world, the various legislative requirements and methods of using EIA as a tool for effective environmental management and sustainable developmentIt critically assesses the usefulness, strengths and limitations of the EIA process
25 Resource Scarcity and Allocation This course examines how society makes decisions about the allocation of scarce resources when human desires for the use of the resources are limitless.The primary concern of the course is over the economically efficient and ecologically sustainable allocation of non-renewable and renewable natural resources.Natural resources are allocated among people, contemporarily or inter-temporally, or intra-nationally or internationally.
26 Opportunities while you’re here Study abroad in New York, Canada, Spain, Glasgow, Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, Chile, Italy, France, etc. – over 100 overseas partnerships to choose fromInternships –to gain hands-on experience, credit and links to potential employers working on a research project together
27 What sort of job could I get? … this is a huge and crucial growth area GovernmentPrivate SectorEnvironmental AgenciesResearchProject ManagementConsultation / PlanningPolicy Writer / AnalystMediaTeachingSkills you’ll take with youCritical thinking and analysisProblem SolvingPlanning skillsTeam / fieldworkDeveloping strategies