Apply for the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living to study Living with Fire.
As the world warms, wildfires are behaving in new, less predictable ways, which present fundamental challenges to our established methods of preventing, fighting and living with fire. And with increasing populations on the wildland-urban interface, we urgently need to find new solutions to these challenges.
Living with Fire is for anyone interested in these complex but practical and fascinating questions about fire in our lives today. You will learn what causes fire and why wildfires behave the way they do, how to evaluate your own level of fire risk, and develop a personalised bushfire response plan. This unit was developed in consultation with members of the indigenous community, Tasmanian practitioners and UTAS Fire Centre (led by Professor David Bowman), providing a holistic perspective on the scientific, social, economic and ethical issues inherent in moving towards a sustainable co-existence with wildfire.
So how do we live with fire - as individuals, as a community? How do we plan for fire, and how do we respond when fires happen? How do we ensure that we are using fire in a sustainable way? What are the trade-offs involved in fire management? And what might we learn from indigenous Australians, who have used fire skillfully on this continent for over 40,000 years?
Answers to all these questions and more when you study Living with Fire.
Still not sure? Try out our free Living with Fire taster course
This 4 week short course introduces you to some of the key learnings that will be covered in the full Living with Fire unit, as part of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living. Register here.
100% HECS fee waiver available
To help you with your tuition fees, the University is offering 100% HECS fee waivers to eligible students in 2021 on all units in the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living.
Offered Entirely Online
Living with Fire is offered entirely online as part of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living. You can complete the entire Certificate online, from anywhere in the world!
Support Sustainable Development
This unit is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development goals, helping to build literacy of sustainability at a global level that we are dedicated to supporting through our island state and its extraordinary beauty.
What you will learn
On successful completion of this unit you will:
- Explain the effects of wildfire and fire management practices on biodiversity and landscapes.
- Describe the effect of fire behaviour drivers on fire management and emergency response.
- Analyse strategies for creating sustainable communities in fire prone environments.
- Outline locally-appropriate options to manage individual wildfire risk
What the creators say...
Fire is deeply embedded in so many aspects of sustainability. Fire affects our soils, waterways, atmosphere and landscapes, it affects our physical and mental health, and it can threaten our communities. Yet is it also an incredibly fundamental part of human culture, and a vital component of the earth system. The world would not look anything like the world we see today without fire!
There is a lot of information out there about fire, but no other courses bring it all together like this: from the long history of Aboriginal burning, to the science of fire behaviour, the relationship of fire with biodiversity, and the practicalities of what to plant in your backyard. We need this holistic perspective to make informed choices as a community.
By taking students on a journey through so many dimensions of fire, this unit will help build the understanding we need to work together to co-exist with fire into the future.
– Penny Jones