Sydney's Super Wicked Problems?

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Sydney's Super Wicked Problems?

<p>Politicians always talk about growth but when is enough ‘enough’? Why are the environmental consequences of growth rarely discussed? What ‘super wicked problems’ are developing as mega cities

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Politicians always talk about growth but when is enough ‘enough’? Why are the environmental consequences of growth rarely discussed? What ‘super wicked problems’ are developing as mega cities emerge as the new norm around the world, including Sydney? Are mega cities life support systems – air, water and food – under threat of collapse? Is it time to challenge the rise of Sydney as a mega-city in the age of the Anthropocene?


COURSE OUTLINE

  • History of the rise of cities.
  • Epoch of the Anthropocene.
  • Some ‘super wicked problems’ – climate change – rising sea levels, more intense weather events, overpopulation, biodiversity collapse
  • Threats to clean air, water and food
  • Alternative discussion for a sustainable circular economy


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have awareness of mega cities around the world.
  2. Have awareness of how Sydney is emerging as a mega city.
  3. Understand terms, including ‘Earth System Science’ and ‘the Anthropocene’.
  4. Discuss how different economic systems, including steady state economy, are proposing how to manage the ‘super wicked problems’ with climate change and biodiversity collapse.