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Antarctica and the Southern Ocean – valued, protected, understood. This mantra was coined originally by the Australian Antarctic Division (the government department with responsibility for Australian activities in the Antarctic) and was also adopted, with modification, by Antarctica New Zealand (New Zealand’s government department). It reflects the vision of these two countries, and the ideological approach they have to their interests in the Antarctic. It is simple, descriptive and informative. It is what this unit is all about. “Protecting Antarctica” integrates the natural and social sciences to give context to contemporary Antarctic environmental issues. Its objective is to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary review of the management and regulation of uses of the continent and surrounding marine environment of the Southern Ocean from the point of view of protecting the natural environment and its values. It includes a series of lectures on geography and environmental sciences, physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences and humanities. “Protecting Antarctica” incorporates the theme of multiple use management of a globally important region, wherein management involves commercial marine living resource extraction, scientific research, logistics, and tourism and other non-extractive commercial activities. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are subject to a unique legal regime including an environmental protocol to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, and this instrument has become the basis upon which all human activity in Antarctica is judged. Completing the unit will equip students from a wide variety of fields with the ability to view the Antarctic from a more holistic perspective. Your new knowledge will assist you to understand the various values of the region, how they – and the areas they apply to – become known, then valued, then protected.
|Unit name||Governing Antarctica|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Oceans and Cryosphere|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee|
|Teaching staff||Doctor Hanne Nielsen|Professor Marcus Haward|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the geographical scope and characteristics of the Antarctic and understand what activities are conducted there that make it vulnerable.
- Interpret the vulnerabilities of the Antarctic in order to identify options to avoid potentially harmful practices.
- Analyse a wide range of legal and regulatory instruments that help to manage human use.
- Critically assess the effectiveness of specific policy and legal approaches to solving human use problems.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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Prerequisites50 credit points of introductory level units
1 hour of pre-recorded lectures, 1 hour of synchronous online lecture, 1 hour tutorial
|Assessment||(30%)| (40%)| (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Secretary of the Antarctic Treaty, 2017, Compilation of Key documents of the Antarctic Treaty System, Third Edition.
P.A. Berkman et al (eds), 2011, Science Diplomacy: Antarctica, Science and the Governance on International Spaces’, (Smithsonian Institution Press: United States).
Recoomended Readings are continuously updated and provided in the Unit Schedule in the Unit outline
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