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Undergraduate | TAS-KPZ104-2023

Living with Fire

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Study method

100% online

Assessments

100% online

Entry requirements

No ATAR needed

No prior study

Duration

14 weeks

Start dates

  • 20 Feb 2023
  • 10 July 2023
  • 30 Oct 2023

Price from

$2,472

Upfront cost

$0

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About this subject

What you'll learn

Upon completion of this subject, the students should be able to:

  1. Explain the effects of wildfire and fire management practices on biodiversity and landscapes.
  2. Describe the effect of fire behaviour drivers on fire management and emergency response.
  3. Analyse strategies for creating sustainable communities in fire prone environments.
  4. Identify locally-appropriate options to manage individual wildfire risk.
    • What is fire - and why do we need to learn to live with it?-Chapter One: Introduction to the subject
    • Understanding fire behaviour: why do fires burn where they do, when they do and how they do?-Chapter One: Setting foundations - the physics of fire
    • How do we respond to fires when they happen?-Chapter One: Who has responsibility for responding to fires?
    • How do we create safe and resilient communities? community to regional-scale strategies-Chapter One: Who has responsibility for managing fire risk where?
    • How do I protect myself? Understanding individual risk and responsibility-Chapter One: Evaluating risk at the property level
    • So how do we co-exist with fire? Towards a sustainable future-Chapter One: Decision-making structures for sustainability: how and who should make decisions about living with fire?
  • Living with Fire is a level-100 subject offered as part of the Diploma of Sustainable Living.  

    Fire has shaped the evolution of the world we see around us and is fundamental to life. Yet wildfire can also be devastating to human and ecological communities. Today, more and more of us are living in fire prone areas, and wildfires are behaving in new, less predictable ways.  

    So how do we live with fire - as individuals, and as communities? 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 skilfully on this continent for over 40,000 years?  

    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. As well as the science of fire, you will learn about the human dimensions of fire and the complex trade-offs involved in fire management between the needs of culture and society, and ecology and biodiversity. You will learn how to evaluate your own level of fire risk and what you can do to plan for fire as an individual. You will also become more empowered to participate in conversations about how we plan for and respond to fire in our local communities.

    • Quizzes (30%)
    • Fuel load, Fuel Structure and Slope Assessment (15%)
    • Fire Management Strategies in Your Community (25%)
    • Your Personal Bushfire Management Strategies (30%)
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  • Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.

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