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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, Ecology (biological sciences), Economics, English, Fine and Performing Arts, History, International Relations, Law, Management, Politics and Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. Please consult the unit coordinator for information.


Political ecology is a diverse area of study, professional practice and activism that integrates issues of justice, sustainability and development. Political ecology seeks explanations of root causes and transformative solutions in relation to environmental problems. Analysing nature and society as one system and employing case studies from around the world, you will: investigate environmental concerns in light of questions about political power; examine the political economy of food, water and energy resources; unpack global power relations between ‘developed' and 'developing' societies; and chart paths towards sustainable, equitable and decent futures. The skills of inquiry and knowledge you develop are applicable to careers in government, the private sector and civil society at the intersection of development and environment concerns.


Unit name Political Ecologies of Development
Unit code KGA308
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Aidan Davison
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • inquire into questions of political ecology (i.e. social power in environmental systems) to develop integrated, evidence-based knowledge about justice, sustainability and development;
  • investigate the political ecology of energy, food and water resources in diverse places to identify root problems and transformative paths towards just and sustainable forms of development;
  • communicate political ecology insights through critical, reflective, dialogical, creative, persuasive and ethical forms of academic and professional writing and speaking.
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(25% level 200 KGA) or (25% level 200 in Social Science or Life Science or Environmental Science or Humanities or Law or Education or Design or Business)


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:  2-hr seminar and 1-hr tutorial weekly

Off Campus:  A combination of lecture, workshop and tutorial formats delivered via a mix of asynchronous (e.g., video recordings, discussion boards) and synchronous (e.g., in-class/web-conference activities) delivery modes.  Small group student-led activities delivered by synchronous delivery modes (face-to-face, web conferencing).

AssessmentExamination (25%)|Critical Inquiry Portfolio (40%)|Research Project (35%)
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