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Political Ecologies of Development KGA308


This interdisciplinary unit can be taken as an elective for students with backgrounds including (but not limited to) Asian Studies, Economics, English, Fine and Performing Arts, Government, History, Law, Management, Psychology and Sociology. Please consult the unit coordinator Dr Aidan Davison for information.


Political ecology is a diverse field of scholarship, activism and professional practice that brings together the goals of social justice and environmental sustainability. Analysing nature and society as one system, you will explore concerns about the scarcity, distribution, control and management of natural resources in the context of economic and political inequity between the 'global north' and the 'global south'. You investigate the political economy of food, water and energy resources, to unpack global power relations and to chart pathways towards sustainable, equitable and decent livelihoods and lifestyles around the world. The skills and knowledge you develop in the unit can be applied to careers in public, private and civil sectors related to policy, politics and management at the intersection of environment and development issues.


Unit name Political Ecologies of Development
Unit code KGA308
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Dr A Davison

Teaching staff

Dr A Davison

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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  • 25% level 200 KGA or 25% level 200 in Soc Sci or Humanities or Law or Business


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Teaching Pattern

2-hr seminar and 1-hr tutorial weekly (on-campus)

2-hr recorded seminar and 1-hr online learning activities weekly (off-campus)


Take-home exam (25%), 2000-word research project (35%), critical inquiry portfolio (40%)

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