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Hobart, Launceston


This interdisciplinary unit is available as an elective and is suitable for students with backgrounds including (but not limited to) Science, Engineering, English, Government, History, Law, Management, Psychology and/or Sociology.  Please check with the Unit Coordinator about your prerequisites.


Society needs professional environmental managers who have the knowledge and skills to effectively tackle problems of sustainable resource use, climate change and biodiversity conservation. Environmental managers also play an important role in helping communities identify and move towards sustainable and just futures. Environmental management is about how we (institutions and individuals) try to identify, protect and enhance environmental values. So we start by examining the variety and meanings of such values. We then explore the various means - the menu of options - for delivering environmental outcomes. These options include instruments such as legislation and market-based approaches; and methods such as community engagement and outreach. We also critically examine the effectiveness of such measures, and consider how we might achieve better management outcomes. These topics are exemplified through case studies in land use planning, food systems, waste management, coastal management, wetlands and biodiversity conservation.

Summary 2020

Unit name Environmental Management
Unit code KGA223
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Dr V Prahalad

Teaching staff

Dr V Adams (Hobart, Launceston), Dr C. Lin (Shanghai)

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



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Learning Outcomes


Analyse the context of, and conflicts associated with, environmental management/sustainability issues and make a case for the purposes and goals of environmental management.


Recognise, assess and explain the roles and responsibilities of governments, the private sector and civil society in relation to environmental management.


Review and critique the regulatory, economic and voluntary instruments, and decision-making frameworks employed in environmental management.


Develop professional ability to formulate and communicate (through written reports and oral presentations) effective management solutions  through teambased and individual projects.




Admission into a Masters course OR (KGA171 - Global Geographies of Change AND KGA172 - Space, Place and Nature) OR (KNE211 - Engineering Design and Project Management)

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • KGA323 AND KGA514


Teaching Pattern

Hobart: 2 x 1-hr lectures for 13 weeks, 5 x 2-hr workshops, seminar, self-directed field visit. Launceston: Distance mode lectures, on-campus mode involves 2 x 2-hr workshops and a seminar. Please contact teaching staff for details.


2-hr exam (40%), management report in two parts (40%), workshop portfolio and presentation (20%)

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