CQUniversity Unit Profile
EVST19015 Australian Environmental History
Australian Environmental History
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General Information

Overview

This unit uses an historical perspective to examine the interaction between people and their environment in the Australian setting. You will look at the underlying reasons why and how successive generations have used and shaped their natural environment, noting their goals, values and technologies. You will develop skills in using environmental histories as a means of problem solving and for better resource management and policy-making.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

Some students asked for more interaction and discussion around topics.

Recommendation

I will facilitate more specific online discussions in order to enhance opportunities for student/lecturer interaction. These will involve zoom sessions as well.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Have a basic understanding of a range of human-nature interactions on the Australian continent since pre-European times.
  2. Have an understanding of how to apply historical data to both the resolution of environmental issues (data such as: documents, government reports, interviews, aerial photographs, remote sensing and images/film) AND to nurturing processes such as 'stakeholder empowerment' in environmental protection.
  3. Have specific knowledge of some aspect of environmental history in a location and topic of choice.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

A freely available textbook will be available to students in the eReading List on the Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Danaher Unit Coordinator
m.danaher@cqu.edu.au
Andre Brett Unit Coordinator
a.brett@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

What is environmental history and what are its uses?

Chapter

Moodle - Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

When does environmental history begin and end?

Chapter

Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Imaginary Environment: Early European perceptions of, and impact on, the Australian environments

Chapter

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Dust storm over Melbourne: Soil degradation

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Dams and damnation: Inland waters management practices and the role of environmental history

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment - Two Short Essays Due: Week 5 Wednesday (11 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Estuarine mitigation strategies in Queensland and the role of environmental history

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Forest management and the role of environmental history

Chapter

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

History of environmental policy making and legislation in Australia

Chapter

Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

History of Australia's environment movement

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Museums interpreting environmental histories

Chapter

Chapter 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Environmental history as an agent for community involvement

Chapter

Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Assessing the benefits of environmental history as a policy tool in natural resource management

Chapter

Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment - Unit Project Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment - Two Short Essays

Task Description

Weighting: 50% (25% each)

Length: 1,600 words each

Due Dates: 11 August for the first short essay, and 17 September for the second short essay

Objectives

This assignment links with the Unit Learning Outcomes.

Details

From each weekly lecture topic, there are a number of essay questions. These are designed to probe the general topic area in greater depth. Choose any two of the questions below (one question for the

first essay and one question for the second essay). The two questions you choose cannot be two from the same week. Use at least 6–7 scholarly sources for each question and cite appropriately using either the

Turabian Referencing System or the Harvard Referencing System.

Check on Moodle for the actual essay questions.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Wednesday (11 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Wednesday (25 Aug 2021)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will be will be marked on the basis of your competency to:

* succinctly answer the question within the prescribed word count, but also in an in-depth way

* locate and cite sufficient specialist material relevant to the topic

* effectively organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence

* craft a well-structured, relevant, coherent, well-expressed and properly sourced historical essay


All sources used must be appropriately acknowledged using either the Turabian referencing style or the Harvard referencing system.

A HD grade will be awarded to students who meet the above criteria to a very high level. Other grades will be awarded in relation to the degree which they fall short of a HD. A Fail will be awarded to students who have not been able to meet these criteria to any significant extent.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Students will submit this assessment through the Moodle Unit.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Have a basic understanding of a range of human-nature interactions on the Australian continent since pre-European times.
  • Have an understanding of how to apply historical data to both the resolution of environmental issues (data such as: documents, government reports, interviews, aerial photographs, remote sensing and images/film) AND to nurturing processes such as 'stakeholder empowerment' in environmental protection.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment - Unit Project

Task Description

Weighting: 50%

Length: 3000 words

Due Date: 8 October

Objectives

This assignment links with the Unit Learning Outcomes.

Details

Choose an environmental problem/issue in your local or wider community or from the literature (it must be an environmental problem/issue in Australia, but not related to the Great Barrier Reef). It can be a current environmental problem/issue or one that has already been resolved. Analyse its historical evolution in terms of:

1. What is the environmental problem? How did the problem come to light? Who discovered it [scientists, media, residents, etc??]. When and how did it come to light [incident, accident, coincident, etc??].

2. Who are the stakeholders who have a claim in the environmental problem/issue and what are the ideologies, values, attitudes and perceptions that these stakeholders have in relation to the issue? The stakeholders may include local community members/groups, environmental groups, business/industry representatives, experts (scientific, technological, other), politicians and government officials.

3. What led to it becoming a problem for the environment (here you should consider management practices, lack of scientific data, lack of ownership of the resource, government neglect, public apathy, human ignorance, competing priorities, a particular ideological cause and so on)?

4. What is the community response to the issue, what is the degree of community awareness?

Remember there will probably be competing community responses.

5. What might the future of the environmental issue be considering how it has developed so far? How well is it being resolved, or was resolved? What lessons can be learnt?

More details are found in Moodle


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will be marked on the basis of your competency to:


* undertake each of the five specific tasks of this project outlined above to a good standard

* locate and cite scholarly primary and secondary material relevant to environmental history

* effectively organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence

* craft a well-structured, coherent, well-expressed and properly sourced historical essay

All sources used must be appropriately acknowledged using either the Turabian referencing style or the Harvard referencing system.

A HD grade will be awarded to students who meet the above criteria to a very high level. Other grades will be awarded in relation to the degree which they fall short of a HD. A Fail will be awarded to students who have not been able to meet these criteria to any significant extent.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Have a basic understanding of a range of human-nature interactions on the Australian continent since pre-European times.
  • Have an understanding of how to apply historical data to both the resolution of environmental issues (data such as: documents, government reports, interviews, aerial photographs, remote sensing and images/film) AND to nurturing processes such as 'stakeholder empowerment' in environmental protection.
  • Have specific knowledge of some aspect of environmental history in a location and topic of choice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?