M.INC.ERST.601: Advanced Theory in Resource Studies

Learning outcome:

Resource studies' encompasses a wide range of disciplines or knowledge areas such as ecology, economics, land and water management, resource management, plant protection, Maori studies, forestry, political science, sociology, planning, human ecology, environmental education, community development and cultural studies. There is no single theory for resource studies, and no unified 'advanced theory'; it is more useful to talk of an 'interdisciplinary framework' which mediates between disciplines or fields such as those mentioned above.

However, the pursuit of an interdisciplinary framework by necessity places social practices more in the foreground. The more one tries to understand different disciplinary approaches and traditions, the more this requires either direct or indirect interactions between people, who are ultimately the transmitters of these forms of knowledge. The emphasis in this subject is less on the theory methodology of the pure or applied sciences that inform resource studies, although this is due given scrutiny. Instead, the focus in this course is more on sociologically-related perspectives that can help us to
understand why resources are defined, shared, allocated and otherwise contested in the ways that they presently appear to us.

A co-teaching/learning, discussion-based approach underscores this course. A number of thematic lectures will be presented by the examiner, some by other staff contributors, and there will be occasions when joint presentations/ discussions are presented by staff and examiner. Field trips and subsequent role play exercises form an important element of the teaching style.

Courses and examinations
1. Lecture: Advanced Theory in Resource Studies
Readings analysis, theory review assignment

Courses and examinations
2. Seminar: Advanced Theory in Resource Studies
Written assignment, oral presentation (ca 45 min)

Courses and examinations
3. Practical Course: Advanced Theory in Resource Studies
Written paper, oral presentation (ca 45 min)

Prerequisite for examination:
Students need to be able to critically evaluate the knowledge and authority claims of various parties to environmental management decision-making contexts as reflected in pieces of written text and/or evidence

Admission requirements:

Recommended previous knowledge:


Person responsible for module:
Roy Montgomery

Course frequency:
Academic Term each winter semester

One semester

Number of repeat examinations permitted:

Recommended Semester:
First to third semester

Maximum number of students: