PAIS365 Politics and the Environment: Intersecting Crises

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in Political and International Studies or any 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PAIS465 or PAIS565
Notes None
Combined Units PAIS565 - Politics and the Environment: Intersecting Crises
Coordinator(s) Anthony Lynch (
Unit Description

In this unit we consider the major environmental issues of today: resource security; climate change; peak food and water; and the capacity of contemporary politics to generate adequate responses to these intersecting challenges.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit a broad, historically informed and coherently organised knowledge of the key concepts of environmental politics, and be able to relate these to contemporary conditions;
  2. understand, and critically and comparatively analyse the ways environmental conditions and challenges - especially in the areas of food and energy requirements and climate conditions - have shaped and challenged different political formations;
  3. acquire and deploy strategies for reflective and self-critical learning in creative problem-solving in an environment of diverse contexts, competing paradigms, and contested political projects; and
  4. exercise critical thinking, well developed judgement and personal responsibility to value and respond sensitively in a knowledge-based co-operative manner to the thoughts and views of other people in face to face and/or online discussion environments.