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GEOP3000 – Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Andrew McGregor
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Jessica McLean
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Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 2000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The Anthropocene is a proposed new geological epoch in which humanity is driving planetary change. This unit explores how environmental decision making and planning processes can be made more just in the context of the Anthropocene. It draws on perspectives from environmental justice, a field of research and activism focused on addressing the social and geographic inequities associated with environmental change. Environmental justice highlights how responsibility for, and the burdens of, environmental degradation are unevenly distributed across space and scale, and divided between and within social categories such as race, class, gender, ethnicity and species. Environmental justice and decision-making are analysed through a series of case studies that are presented by academic staff and environmental professionals. An important component of the unit focuses on developing analytical and practical skills for pursuing environmental justice, which requires the ability to synthesise geographic information from the social and physical sciences and engage with multiple stakeholders, decision making tools, and forms of communication. The unit makes the relationships between justice and environment more visible in a world of rapid environmental change and provides pathways and tools for pursuing more just and resilient futures.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Assess environmental decisions or plans using environmental justice concepts or frameworks
  • ULO2: Synthesise geographic information from the social and physical sciences to identify environmental justice issues
  • ULO3: Describe and explain common environmental injustices associated with contemporary forms of socioecological change
  • ULO4: Investigate and appreciate diverse stakeholder perspectives using environmental justice tools and concepts to improve environmental decision-making
  • ULO5: Argue for improved environmental justice outcomes in a variety of written and spoken forms

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests. The criteria and standards for each assignment will be made available via iLearn.

Delivery and Resources

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Teaching and learning strategy

External students complete the entire unit online. Each week there is a 2 hour lectorial (Friday 2-4) which will be recorded and made available online alongside the powerpoint slides from the lecture. As each lecture builds on previous content and provides background material for the online tutorial discussions, there is an expectation that external students will keep up to date with lecture content.

Each week you are expected to: 1. Complete assigned readings available on Leganto  2. Participate in online activities and discussions that build knowledge and skills. 3. View lectorials posted on iLearn that combine lecture content, discussion and workshop exercises. In addition you are expected to complete all assessment exercises.  

GEOP3000 uses a wide variety of online resources, including an iLearn page where lecture recordings and slides are available and for submitting assignments, the Macquarie University Library for access to peer reviewed journal articles accessed via Leganto, and the web generally for news about, and discussions of, environmental justice and decision making.  During weeks 4, 7 and 12 students will be required to complete an online quiz via iLearn. 

Unit Schedule

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Introducing environmental justice

1 (AM)

Environmental justice and decision making in the Anthropocene

No tutorials


2 (AM)

Environmental Justice: theory, concepts and activism

Justice in the Anthropocene


3 (JM)

Differentiated landscapes: intersectional environments 

Experiencing intersectionality


4 (AM)

Environmental justice case study

TBL prep

Team based learning assessment 

Environmental justice and decision making tools and approaches

5 (AM)

Environmental decision making tools and approaches

Systems mapping


6  (AM)

Environmental justice tools and approaches

Spatial analysis and storytelling


7 (AM)

No lecture (public holiday)

Making just decisions (TBL in tutorial)

Team based learning assessment  

Mid semester break

Environmental justice in Australia

8 (JM)

Environmental justice in Australia – planning and law 

Analysing plans and decisions

Environmental justice essay due

9 (JM)

Indigenous peoples and environmental decision-making 

Indigenous resistance to environmental injustice


10 (JM)

Digital technologies: Environmental solution or source of injustice?

Virtual injustice


Environmental justice case studies and futures

11 (AM)

Forests and multispecies justice

Forest decision making


12 (AM)

Climate justice

Climate justice

Team based learning assessment

13 (AM + JM)

Hope and transformation: just futures for the Anthropocene

Hopeful futures

Environmental justice assessment report due

Policies and Procedures

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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Changes since First Published

Date Description
20/02/2020 Some small changes were made to the schedule. The third TBL is now scheduled for Week 12 rather than Week 11.