The UNSW Introduction to the Sydney Environment (BEES6601) course outlines the physical, biological and social environments of Sydney. It covers material related to Sydney associated with the academic disciplines of geography, earth science, climatology, biology, ecology and environmental science. It also looks at contemporary environmental issues and constraints facing Sydney, such as loss of bushland or climate change, which are a key component of the course.
The course includes 10 x 1.5 hr lectures, 10 x 1.5 hr workshops and optional field trips with self-guided options for people who cannot participate in organised field visits. Assessment includes ‘reflective’ exercises to consider the students’ initial (and changed) perceptions of Sydney. Workshops involve issue-based discussions, with student-led presentations and student-directed learning.
Major topics covered during the course include:
Course attendance: Short/intensive course
Course code: BEES6601
An Introduction to the Sydney Environment is specially designed for incoming’ study abroad’ or exchange students but is also relevant to any domestic or international students that are new arrivals to Sydney.
The course is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Although it has no pre-requisites, it’s taught as an upper-level course and not designed for first-year students nor available to students who are doing majors at UNSW Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Environmental science analyses and provides solutions to current environmental challenges including waste management, climate change and pollution.
At UNSW Science, you can study the Bachelor of Environmental Management or further specialise in this field with our Honours program.