Wed 08 Feb 2017Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the US on 20 January 2017. Last year, we saw the rise of right wing populism globally: Duterte’s regime in the Philippines is killing thousands of people extra-judicially as part of his tough stance on drugs, Germany and France face emergent right-wing movements as they approach national elections this year, Australians elected three One Nation representatives to the ...
Thu 04 Aug 2016
Living collectively by sharing land and/or dwelling spaces can be more affordable, more sustainable and more enjoyable socially than living in a Tiny House or a Green Apartment.
ANITRA NELSON has lived in an all-under-one roof living and working cooperative in rural Victoria, a peri-urban land-sharing residential conservation cooperative in Victoria, and has stayed in a communally sufficient intentional community of 90 residents in ...
Thu 23 Jun 2016
You’ve all seen the Hobbit houses on flat-bed trucks and the three story family homes built on smaller footprints that most of our shoe racks, but the tiny housing movement stands for more than Pinterest clickbait. It addresses political, social and environmental concerns while still drawing the eye. This panel discussion will look at a few of the formal and informal design and construction options available to tiny builders ...
Wed 11 Jun 2014
The Anthropocene has been put forward as a new geological epoch, one in which humans have come to rule the world's natural systems and processes. In an age of increased environmental awareness, the term has captured the public imagination. But what is the Anthropocene? When and where did it start? Is it a terrifying global phenomenon or just a buzzword invented by Western-centric scientists? This talk presents two different perspectives on thi ...
Wed 26 Mar 2014
We live in a pivotal moment in modern history, where political, economic and environmental forces are combining to drive great change across human societies. This course introduces students to important issues shaping this historic moment in international affairs. The student group will work together to learn basic skills of political analysis by investigating twelve weekly topics based on the themes of security, economy and social change....
Thu 05 Aug 2010
This course will look broadly at the debates around sustainability, locating it within the broader discourse of environmental politics, and then exploring a number of different types of sustainability. The sessions will be complemented by at least one practical permaculture workshop, which will be run by Permablitz Melbourne, and will explore the basics of permaculture while 'permablitzing' a residential garden.
Welcome to the Anthropocene!
What can the past tell us about the future of climate change in Australia?
Wed 11 Jun 2014Dr Simon Connor: School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (Monash) Dr Joelle Gergis: School of Earth Sciences (Melbourne Uni) The Anthropocene has been put forward as a new geological epoch, one in which humans have come to rule the world's natural systems and processes. In an age of increased environmental awareness, the term has captured the public imagination. But what is the Anthropocene? When and where did it start? Is it a terrifyi ...
Liquid gold: How controlling water made Victoria’s miners rich
Thu 16 Mar 2017Buying and selling water is worth billions of dollars in every year, but where did this idea come from? Where did we get the idea that people could profit from a natural asset? Abandoned dams and ditches across central Victoria provide a clue. Long before modern water markets gold miners were struggling for control over water. They had fist-fights in the streets, crept out in the middle of the night to steal water from their neighbours, and h ...
On Climate Change and Environmental Politics
Tue 13 Dec 2011
Ethics and Morality in the 21st Century
Sat 05 Jun 2010Ours is a world in which ‘truth’ shares equal footing with ‘opinion’, where ‘equality’ is at odds with liberty, where ‘difference’ is held up as sacrosanct and ‘plurality’ is strictly – often brutally – enforced. As such, can we still speak of such a thing as ‘universality’ today? Focusing on the most famous contemporary invocation of universality, the discourse of ‘universal human rights’, we will debate the meaning as well as the merits of the ...
MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Global Politics
Global Environmental Politics
Wed 21 May 2014
Sustainability and Permaculture
Thu 09 Sep 2010
Contemporary Australian Issues
Australia’s role in the world
Sat 01 May 2010In an era characterised by globalisation, protracted civil wars, new security challenges, food and economic crises, and environmental challenges, the role Australia plays in the world has changed dramatically from in the past. Australia’s response to the myriad issues currently facing the international community raises numerous questions about the role it should play on the world stage, and the role it does play. Are we a ‘good global citizen’? H ...
What if … ?
What if we looked after our own shit?'
Thu 12 Apr 2012
Economics for Everyone
Thu 28 Mar 2013What sort of political, social and economic systems are appropriate for the 21st century? What sort of economy can address problems of environmental constraint and increasing inequality and lead to a more flourishing and cohesive society? Is it a case of refining existing economic and political institutions or is more comprehensive change required?