Six themes that reflect current theory and practice in the interface between ecology and society are explored through structured in-class activities that challenge you to consider problems and evidence from different perspectives.
Guest lecturers from anthropology, human geography and philosophy increase your capacity for self-reflection and awareness of ethical and moral issues embedded in problems that are often framed as ecological.
Four short discussion essays are required; you will get detailed feedback for improving your writing skills.
Weekly student-led discussions allow you to develop your capacity for attentive exchange, informed argument and reasoning, and skills in facilitating discussion.
The course provides the students with the basic theoretical knowledge necessary in the study of freshwater ecosystems and encourages them to reflect on a range of issues related to the study and conservation of freshwater aquatic habitats. Students will get practical experience in collecting and identifying freshwater invertebrates. Lectures and reading material will be provided in advance of lectures and lecture time will be utilised for discussion, group work and problem solving. The course will give students valuable experience in developing and writing a habitat management plan.