Gender and Cultural Studies – Gender and Environment (GCST263)

Understanding our place in a changing environment is a 21st century priority. This unit uses feminist frameworks to investigate how environmental problems are shaped by intersecting factors of gender, race, sexuality, ability, economic status, and colonialisms. Drawing on examples such as climate change, toxic contamination, water privatisation, and resource extraction, this unit examines the material and conceptual links between human and non-human natures, and cultural, political, economic and social forces.

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Art History and Film Studies – Planetary Art: Nature, Ecology, Environment (ARHT2676)

This unit studies contemporary and historical artists in relation to today’s environmental crisis. Students engage with how art objects and artmaking relate to issues pertaining to nature, ecology, and the environment. Through visual and textual analysis, students gain interdisciplinary perspectives on art’s place within contemporary posthumanist theories, the significance of ecological thinking to contemporary aesthetics, art’s historical response to the impact of science and technology, and art’s recognition of the importance of Indigenous knowledges to planetary ethics.

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Sydney Business School – Strategy, Innovation, And Entrepreneurship

A collaborative and engaged group at the intersection of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship that produces cutting-edge research as well as practical, actionable knowledge for business, government and society.

The Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) Discipline integrates and cross-pollinates knowledge that activates its community – academia, business, government and entrepreneurs from all sectors – to imagine and enact fresh approaches to important challenges.

The SIE will mobilize its depth of experience to:

Play an important role in entrepreneurial eco-systems and contribute to policy dialogue,
Champion sustainability in social, economic and environmental arenas, and
Inspire and equip executives to design and implement innovative strategies in their organisations.

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SUST5006: Sustainability: Business and Leadership

This unit of study will help build your understanding of the knowledge, skills and activities required to lead sustainability and change in, and with, businesses and organisations. The unit presents the relevance and importance of business mission and strategy, and will introduce the roles of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and change management. It will also explore stakeholders associated with business (including shareholders, consumers and government) and how they can both motivate and impede change in the context of sustainability. Learning will be facilitated through seminars, readings, as well as individual group projects.

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This unit explores how communities past and present have intersected with the Great Barrier Reef and how the effects of climate change, and policies designed to ameliorate its effects, impact both the reef and its communities. It will also introduce students to the idea of the Anthropocene as a framework for understanding our ethical responsibilities in a globalised world.

This unit will be taught by SEI Doctoral Fellow Liberty Lawson, and students will read chapters from SEI co-founder Iain McCalman’s The Reef: A Passionate History, articles by SEI Post-Doc Killian Quigley, as well as papers by scientists, scholars, activists and artists including Charlie Veron, Anna Tsing, David Ritter, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Judith Wright and more.

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Undergraduate Environmental Studies Major

The Environmental Studies Major is offered to students enrolled in range of courses and programs at the University as an interdisciplinary major and as a Table A offering in Science. Environmental Studies incorporates the study of both social and bio-physical phenomena within their regulatory and policy frameworks, and is therefore inherently multi-disciplinary. It provides students with an understanding of the governance frames in which their professional careers in the environment sector will operate. It encapsulates the fundamental aspects of sustainability, environmental assessment, law, ethics, development, energy use, economics and politics. Consequently, the Environmental Studies major strongly complements studies in the physical and natural science disciplines as well as social science disciplines.

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Postgraduate degrees in Environmental Science

The Master of Environmental Science, Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science are articulated coursework programs that allow a large degree of flexibility in the depth at which studies are undertaken and the choice of subjects studied. Some of the major themes addressed include environmental chemistry, ecology, climate change, renewable energy production and environmental policy. The program is designed for both recent graduates wishing to obtain employment in the environmental field and for graduates already working in an environmental sphere who are interested in gaining either a formal qualification in environmental science or additional information about related areas of environmental science. 

Environmental managers and scientists are increasingly finding that they need to have a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base and the ability to be flexible and innovative in their application of such knowledge. Thus the aim of this award program is to provide students with the ability to solve environmental problems that require the integration of knowledge from diverse disciplines. Emphasis is placed on studies which span several disciplines, adaptive problem solving, and the development of new skills and expertise.

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Faculty of Science – Sydney Sustainability Program

The Sydney Sustainability program is different in that is truly multidisciplinary. Six faculties across the University deliver core content, and nine faculties teaching into the program’s electives.

This breadth provides a thorough foundation in sustainability. It also allows graduates to appreciate the complexity of sustainability and understand the effects of change in various sectors.

The program:

– Comprises three qualifications: the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Master of Sustainability.
Provides a foundation in sustainability, including core aspects of energy and resources, health, food and water security, policy, analysis, society and change.
– Is multidisciplinary, with core and elective units currently being delivered by ten faculties across the University.
Offers some flexibility in the choice of elective units and, for Master of Sustainability students, the design of the capstone research project.

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Music, Environment and Climate Change (MUSC3641)

In this unit, students will explore some of the incredible range of ways in which music, the environment and climate change and interwoven. They will be guided through lectures from musicians and researchers involved in the connection between music and the environment across the fields of ethnomusicology, composition, digital music technology, jazz and contemporary music, as well as by lectures and a workshop with Indigenous Australian cultural custodians. Through this unit, students will understand not only the ways that, for millennia, music has a central role in the way that humans record, transmit and promote understandings of many different aspects of the environment, but also how it functions today and how it may help in solving environmental problems of the future.

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