Environmental Humanities minor

The Environmental Humanities have arisen in response to the fact that ‘environmental' problems, by and large, arise out of human action and in order to address them we need to understand their human dimensions. While many environmental problems are well understood scientifically, they are still with us because social, cultural or political change is required. Furthermore, environmental degradation is not only responsible for ecological and economic losses, but also poor human health and wellbeing. Women, Indigenous people and people of colour bear the brunt of environmental hazards worldwide.

The aim of this Minor is to develop students capable of addressing the great environmental challenges of our age, using humanities' strengths in understanding human thought, being, feeling and action.

UWA is situated within one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. Our location therefore brings us directly in touch with ecosystem impacts caused by clearing, invasive species, catastrophic fire events, and dryland salinity, as well as the effects of climate change. It therefore provides an ideal setting within which to acquire environmental humanities skills and knowledges.

This Minor provides students with a multi-disciplinary grounding in the Environmental Humanities, providing a deep understanding of human subjectivities, social relationships, and cultural practices as they relate to the nonhuman worlds around us. The program of study will prepare students for effective engagement with organisations, communities and policymakers in the spheres of environmental policy, advocacy and education.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) comprehend the human dimensions (human subjectivities, social relationships, and cultural practices) inherent in all environmental challenges; (2) apply a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledges and methods to environmental issues; (3) communicate ideas effectively in a range of media; and (4) translate between approaches to environmental problems from the perspective of different humanities disciplines and the interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 ENGL3200 Writing the Environment
Prerequisites:
any level 1
or
level 2 ENGL unit
or
HIST1901 Environmental History
S2 HIST1901 Environmental History
Incompatibility:
HIST2201 Environmental History
N/A HUMA2001 Environmental Humanities
Prerequisites:
HIST1901 Environmental History (ID 1541)
N/A PHIL2009 Global and Environmental Justice