University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

DEVT 3012 - Environment and Development

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: 3
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Incompatible: DEVT 2004, DEVT 2004EX, DEVT 2004OL, GEOG 2141, GEOG 2157EX
Assessment: Research essay or report (2,000 words; 30%); Tutorial work portfolio (1,500 words; 40%); Take Home Exam (1,500 words, 30%)

This course examines the interface between development and environment issues in a global and international context. The theoretical and material linkages between environment and development issues and processes, and the multiple dimensions of sustainability and their conflicts and contradictions, are discussed. This is done within the framework of analysing the discourse of sustainable development, which has emerged on the international political agenda as the dominant approach for reconciling the goals of economic development, environmental quality and social equity. The course focuses on the different theoretical perspectives of development and environment, and the various debates around the sustainability of development and environment. It explores how ‘nature’ is conceptualised in policy-making, whether the goals of ecological sustainability and the sustainability of economic growth can be achieved together, and how global capitalism, poverty and ecological issues are interrelated. The course investigates the various dimensions of sustainability, and covers major environmental issues, such as climate change and water security, within the context of saving the Earth from ecological collapse and bringing about sustainable futures for humanity.

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 09/08/2021 Wed 18/08/2021 Fri 17/09/2021 Fri 29/10/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
28995 LEC0 100 28 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Note: This lecture is pre-recorded and can be viewed any time after publication in MyUni. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
24173 TU04 26 FULL 26 Jul - 13 Sep Monday 1pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
4 Oct - 25 Oct Monday 1pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
24174 TU03 25 4 28 Jul - 15 Sep Wednesday 10am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
6 Oct - 27 Oct Wednesday 10am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
24175 TU02 25 1 27 Jul - 14 Sep Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Nexus10, 102, Teaching Room
5 Oct - 26 Oct Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Nexus10, 102, Teaching Room