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Unit Overview


This unit establishes student competence in the theory and practice of environmental humanities. As an emerging interdisciplinary field of inquiry, the environmental humanities argues against a narrow framing of 'environmental problems' and instead seeks to show how they are always entangled with human interests, differences, subjectivities and practices. It also seeks to foreground matters of justice and to challenge human exceptionalism, instead situating humans as participants in manifold ecologies, always in relation with nonhuman nature. In this unit students will engage with key concepts and thinkers in the field through a series of workshops based on core texts, and apply this knowledge in workshops and site visits during a week-long field experience in regional Western Australia. Students will develop a research project during the intensive learning weeks and complete it after returning to campus.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of a range of key concepts and theorists in environmental humanities; (2) engage effectively in debates about environmental value; (3) conduct research using the concepts and means of the field of environmental humanities; (4) work effectively in teams; and (5) communicate effectively using the concepts and means of the field of environmental humanities.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project proposal; (2) reflective journal; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Joseph Christensen
Unit rules
Successful completion of
HIST1901 Environmental History
or 12 points of level one units
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Week-long field trip in regional WA (5 days including transit) (estimated cost - $470).
This is an intensive unit taught in July and August, with a week away from the Crawley campus.

Incidental costs can be discussed with unit coordinators on the basis of equity/access considerations.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.