The majority of Arts Minors require 75 points of study for attainment. This means out of the 300 point program, you have the opportunity to achieve two Majors in your course as well as a Minor. Along with this, the Faculty of Arts offers a variety of Breadth Subjects designed to enhance your learning with options from a variety of fields.
Students completing a Minor in Environmental Studies must complete:
The Level 1 Compulsory subject Famine: The Geography of Scarcity (GEOG10001) AND ONE OF
Anthropology: Studying Self and Other (ANTH10001)
International Politics (INTS10001)
OR one Arts Foundation subject
- The Three Level 2 and 3 Compulsory subjects:
Environmental Politics and Management (GEOG20003)
Society and Environments (GEOG20001)
Sustainable Development (GEOG30019)
- One Geography Elective subject from either:
Africa: Environment, Development, People (GEOG30024) OR
A History of Nature (HPSC20002)
This is a sample subject list only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current and commencing students must refer to the University Handbook for enrolment purposes.
Sample Study Plans
|Level 1 - Compulsory subject|
|Famine: The Geography of Scarcity||12.5|
Famine: The Geography of Scarcity
This subject explains the physical and social drivers of famines and related crises in social-ecological systems, including the collapse of civilizations and violent conflicts seemingly triggered by scarcity of food, water, and arable land. It proposes theories that explain famines and crises of scarcity, and tests these with evidence and cases studies. In this way the subject introduces key issues, concepts, and theories central to geography, development, environmental studies, and environmental science. The subject is interdisciplinary, providing student a broad range of knowledge and analytical tools. Specifically, the subject draws together science and social science, introducing stud...
Detailed Information GEOG10001
|Level 1 - Elective subjects|
|Anthropology: Studying Human Diversity||12.5|
Anthropology: Studying Human Diversity
Anthropology explores the different ways people live their lives. In this subject, an introduction to foundational knowledge in the discipline, you will be exposed to a variety of social and cultural forms around the world and the methods and theories developed to understand them as diverse expressions of a shared human condition. Topical issues that will be encountered include how different peoples around the world experience and react to pleasure, suffering and death; use ritual, religion and magic to understand and change their worlds; organise their sexual and family lives and their friendship networks; create and maintain their identities; and maintain and resist the relations of pow...
Detailed Information ANTH10001
This subject provides students with an introduction to the actors, institutions, dynamics and key debates that make up contemporary international politics. It equips students to 'go behind the news' of world affairs and understand the deeper structural and political changes and challenges confronting states, citizens and non-state actors in our increasingly interconnected world. Topics covered include the changing nature of war; terrorism; nuclear proliferation; great power rivalry; and the roles of the EU, the US, China and India in international politics; human rights; humanitarian intervention; trade liberalisation and its critics; global inequality; climate change; and the refugee cri...
Detailed Information INTS10001
|Level 2 and 3 - Compulsory Subjects|
|Society and Environments||12.5|
Society and Environments
This subject aims to think critically and rigorously about the relationship between social and natural worlds. Its primary purpose is to question the idea that the environment exists outside of, and independent from, the realms of science, culture, politics and economy. Students will be introduced to different conceptual frameworks for understanding the environment as a social entity; to the processes by which capitalism and science structures social and environmental relations; and to alternative modes of living in, and thinking about, the environment. These broad themes will be addressed through engaging examples from Australia and beyond. Particular attention will be given to the conce...
Detailed Information GEOG20001
Everyone knows what 'Sustainable Development' is, but if you stop to think, it may become less clear. Sustainable development has become a chameleon, suiting different needs and fulfilling different roles for different people with different interests. In this subject, we will explore this appealing-yet-slippery idea with the aim of deciding whether it is a suitable concept with which to explore the cultural, environmental, and economic challenges facing society. Is sustainable development a useful idea, or do we need to move on? In addition to the debates over sustainable development, this subject will provide students with the skills needed to examine, analyse, and report on challenges r...
Detailed Information GEOG30019
|Environmental Politics and Management||12.5|
Environmental Politics and Management
This subject explores a range of contemporary environmental problems in Australia and internationally. It uses case studies to understand the following: the history and emergence of the issues; the key actors who engage with and manage these issues; and the political dynamics and strategies for governance. The subject examines the multiple dimensions (scientific, socio-cultural, economic, political) of environmental issues and the forms of knowledge and types of power that construct and mediate people’s relationships with the environment. Students should become familiar with the factors that lead to environmental conflicts and the mechanisms used to contain or resolve them, and be able to...
Detailed Information GEOG20003
|A History of Nature||12.5|
A History of Nature
This subject discusses central topics in human understandings about their environment in the Western world, particularly over the last 500 years. As Europeans began to venture out of their continent in the 15th century, they discovered new environments that challenged their received wisdom about themselves and their relationship to nature. Modern Science with the inherent idea of a mastery over nature is an outcome of this process. We will trace how in this history different interpretations of 'nature' have shaped science and have been shaped by science in return, including topics such as taxonomy, gardening, theories of life, and the rise of environmentalism. This subject should be of in...
Detailed Information HPSC20002
|Africa: Environment, Development, People||12.5|
Africa: Environment, Development, People
This subject introduces students to the physical environment, history and development challenges facing contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will examine in detail intellectual and ethical debates surrounding the strategies undertaken by postcolonial African states and the overseas development "industry" to tackle poverty, inequality, environmental change and the colonial legacy. Students will consider how Africa's problems are portrayed and understood by the rest of the world. Topics may include: the physical environment and competing understandings of environmental change; the history and governance of the continent; regional case studies (West Africa and the D.R. Congo); agrarian ...
Detailed Information GEOG30024