Resilient Regions: Sustainability in Practice
Gain a regional perspective on how environmental sustainability works in the field. Step into the arena of eco-entrepreneurism. Line up traditional approaches to agriculture against permaculture and other organic and biodynamic alternatives.
Your upfront cost: $0
- 31 May 2021
This research-based university in Perth has a strong interdisciplinary focus and a reputation for outstanding teaching and ground-breaking research. With more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from over 90 countries, and campuses in Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch embraces free thinking, shared ideas and knowledge to make a difference, and Open Universities Australia is certainly part of that.
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On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:
- critically apply core concepts in resilience theory to overall sustainability evaluation of a bioregional location
- appreciate the role of Indigenous culture in the historical shaping of the bioregion
- apply complexity principles to the understanding of the key relationships between the human and ecological elements within a bioregion
- compare and contrast orthodox views of economic progress, technology and design to those of alternative commsubjecties
- compare and contrast conventional agriculture to permaculture, organic and biodynamic alternatives
- appreciate the political and policy aspects of regional economic development.
- Complex adaptive systems and resilience; Bioregionalism and decentralization; Sense of place
- Ecological and agricultural resilience: Ecosystem health and restoration; Transforming agriculture: Catchment management; Permaculture
- Social and Cultural Resilience: Indigenous history and culture; Participatory politics; Alternative communities
- Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Transforming agriculture: Sustainable agriculture; Eco-preneurship; Eco-technologies
- Creating resilient communities
Enrolment in one of the majors:Sustainable Dev; Commsubjecty Dev; International Aid & Dev. Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject.
No special requirements
This capstone subject showcases sustainability in practice at a regional scale. The subject is immersive, interactive and practical. For internal students the subject includes a week-long residency in Denmark WA in early December. During the residency, field trips and case studies will cover: resilience; bioregionalism; sense of place; sustainable technologies; eco-entrepreneurism; and sustainable agriculture. There are extra costs for this subject to cover accommodation and food. External students will be expected to visit similar case studies in their own region.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Multimedia Presentation (40%)
- Final Report (40%)
- Reflective Journal (20%)
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