ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces students to the underlying concepts and practice of environmental planning and management. The unit traces the emergence of environmental planning in Australian and international contexts, and critically reflects on the economic, social and political forces shaping planning and management practice. Students are then introduced to the process of plan making and strategies for environmental management. This includes an introduction to core concepts and techniques including environmental impact assessment (EIA), adaptive management, bioregionalism and other models and methods of environmental management. Classes provide a conceptual and applied background from which students conduct independent study on a variety of topics concerning environmental planning and management.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the historical evolution of core approaches to environmental planning and management; (2) evaluate the impact of economic, social and political processes which shape environmental planning and management practice; (3) apply an understanding of core environmental planning techniques including environmental impact assessment, bioregional planning, community engagement and adaptive management; and (4) develop an environmental management plan for a selected urban or rural location.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay on a contemporary issue in environmental management; (2) a critique of an approach to an environmental management plan; and (3) an environmental management plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Natasha Pauli
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
completion of 24 points
24 points of credit
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management
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