Global Environmental Issues

Unit code: RBF1150 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


Global Environmental Issues introduces students to some of the fundamental aspects of both historical and contemporary global environmental issues. Students will be required to explore a range of areas relating to sustainable growth and the connection between social justice and environmental issues within the context of ethical and moral frameworks. Seminars link the various topics and provide a platform for further discussion of the issues and strategies to assist students develop their written and oral communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Contextualise the underlying fundamental principles and terminology of sustainability and the environment;
  2. Explain the interconnectedness between actions and lifestyles and their impact upon a range of environmental factors in developed and less-developed countries and local and global perspectives;
  3. Articulate and debate a variety of environmental issues with a sense of self-confidence and tolerance toward others with differing points of view and different cultural perspectives; and
  4. Question their own lifestyle in relation to various environmental issues.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Persuasive Assignment (750 words)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
3 x Quizzes, 10% each during seminars
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Debate (20 minutes)
Assessment type: ICT (Wiki, Web sites)
Grade: 20%
Blog (minimum of 3 blog entries, minimum of 150 words each)

Required reading

Living in the environment
Miller, G. T. & Spoolman, S., (2018) | Cengage

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