2015 applications now open

Do you want to become an environmental leader?nametag open day
Do you wish to enjoy the flexibility to design a program that meets your goals?
Applications are now open for the Master of Environment for Semester 2, 2015.

There are two options available for graduates wishing to study a Master of Environment, find out more here  or contact the Office for Environmental Programs to discuss further email query-environment@unimelb.edu.au

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2015 RE-ENROLMENT

clock SmallImportant information for OEP Students:  2015 Re-enrolment for Semester 1 & Semester 2 is now open for changes, additions and new subjects.

Please check the 2015 Handbook, if subject not currently included in your Study Plan (and relevant to your stream/program) please contact us by email query-environment@unimelb.edu.au for assistance.

Enrolment requirements for Law subjects: please check Useful Forms for further details.

Last date for Re-enrolment is 5pm on 12th December, 2014.  Late enrolments will incur a fine.

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Academic Skills Unit Writing Program

Research Writing Program Semester 2 Want to attend a Workshop? Visit the Academic Skills Workshop Calendar.

A series of workshops for students of the Sciences completing Honours or Masters by Coursework degrees.  Preparing the Literature Review; Shaping your thesis or research report; Writing about your results; Polishing your paper. Details of dates and sessions  can be found at www.services.unimelb.edu.au/academicskills/calendar

 

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Semester 2 is Consumerism and the Growth Paradigm: Interdisciplinary perspectives.

Contemporary Environmental Issues B (ENST90019). The special topic for Semester 2 is Consumerism and the Growth Paradigm: Interdisciplinary perspectives. The subject is taught by Samuel Alexander, Lecturer in the Office for Environmental Programs, and founder of the Simplicity Institute http://simplicityinstitute.org/
This interdisciplinary course focuses on theoretical, empirical, and policy issues surrounding the core ideas of consumerism, economic growth, and sustainability. Drawing on sociology, psychology, ecology, normative ethics, economics, and politics, students will critically engage questions about why people consume, how consumption and economic growth impact on the environment, and what influence institutions and public policy have, or could have, on consumption patterns in society. Some attention will also be given to counter-cultural ‘alternatives’ to consumerism and the growth paradigm, such as the voluntary simplicity movement, transition towns, and the steady-state economy. By providing interdisciplinary perspectives on these and other issues, the aim is to enable students to recognise the complex relationship between consumption, growth, and sustainability, and to develop the skills needed to effectively confront the various social, ecological, economic, and political issues raised by consumerism and growth in today’s world.

Topics include: (1) What is Sustainable Consumption? (2) Cheap Energy and the Origins of Consumerism (3) An Early Critique: The Case of Henry Thoreau (4) The Income-Happiness Paradox: Is More Always Better? (5) Consumption, Growth and Externalities: Where Economy Meets Ecology (6) Stuff is Not Just Stuff: Consumption as Meaning and Identity (7) The Political Economy of Consumption: The Growth Paradigm (8) Resisting Consumerism: Voluntary Simplicity and Transition Towns (9) Examining Structure: Willing Consumers or Locked In? (10) Policies for Sustainable Consumption (11) Policies for Post-Growth Economics (12) Beyond Consumerism and the Growth Paradigm.

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International Course on River Basin Management

Call for Expressions of Interest

The International Course on River Basin Management is an intensive one week course to be held from 26th to 30th August 2013 at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus. The course is which is being organized by Tsinghua University in China and the University of Melbourne is designed to give post graduate students insights into the diverse and complex world of river basin management.

The 2013 Course will:

* focus on the Murray Darling Basin in Australia, and the Yellow River Basin in China;

* draw on the challenging experiences in the Murray Darling Basin which has undergone the most radical transformation since the River Murray Waters Agreement was signed in 1914 , including the Water Act(2007), The Basin Plan, creation of environmental water holders , modernization of ageing irrigation systems while maintaining agricultural  production under the stress of the most severe drought in recorded history;

* be cross disciplinary exploring issues of governance, public policy, environmental and climate science, water engineering, economics and the social consequences of the reforms

* be delivered by academics and experienced practitioners with deep understanding of the Murray Darling Basin including presenters from the University of Melbourne, CSIRO and the Murray Darling Basin Authority (partners in the Australia China Centre on River Basin Management);

* include a field trip to the Goulburn Valley to see at first hand the complexities involved in modernizing an irrigation system, including its irrigated farms; and

* provide an overview of the challenges facing the Yellow River Basin by Professor  Zhongjing Wang, Vice Dean of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University

The International Course on River Basin Management is supported by Tsinghua University, and the Australia China Centre on River Basin management led by the University of Melbourne and is provided without charge to post graduate students of both these universities.  A total of 15 postgraduate students from each university can participate. A competitive selection process is being used at both universities to select the participants.

An expression of interest involving a brief CV and a 350 word statement describing your reasons for applying should be submitted to Professor John Langford, Department of Infrastructure Engineering email laj@unimelb.edu.au  by Friday 12 July 2013.

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