Key Information

Course Price Free
Delivery Online
Learning Hours Estimated 4.5 hours per week over 4-weeks. 
Access to Course 4-weeks from registration to complete this course

About this course

As the world warms, wildfires are behaving in new, less predictable ways, which present fundamental challenges to our established methods of preventing, fighting and living with fire. And with increasing populations on the wildland-urban interface, we urgently need to find new solutions to these challenges.

This free taster course will introduce you to some of the key aspects of co-existing with fire. You’ll learn about the science of fire and the role it plays in sustainability, examine the history of Indigenous burning and how it’s shaped our country, and discover how we can benefit from fire from a bio-diversity aspect, whilst protecting ourselves from it. This is your opportunity to learn how to safely live with fire as individuals and as communities, whilst learning new ways to plan for the future.  

This short course is an introduction to the Living with Fire (KPZ104) unit in the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living, which has been developed in consultation with members of the indigenous community, Tasmanian practitioners, and the UTAS Fire Centre (led by Professor David Bowman).

How you will learn

This course is fully online and self-paced. From the moment you register, you will have 4 weeks to complete this course. It is estimated that you will spend 4.5 hour per week learning, which will consists of online learning, reading resources and short videos to help guide your knowledge.  There are no formal assessments and upon course completion, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Who should do this course?

The course is designed for anyone who wishes to understand more about the complex but fascinating aspects of living with fire today.  This course is particularly useful for those seeking an introduction to the Living with Fire (KPZ104) unit, as part of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living. 

If you would like to gain a broader understanding of fire management, including practical ways to better prepare yourself and your community, you can find out more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living below.




Interested in further study? Check out the Living with Fire unit within the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living.



What you will learn

  • Gain an understanding of the scientific, social, economic and ethical issues of co-existing with wildfire.

  • Explore the role of indigenous burning in shaping Australia, and how we can learn from this to live with fire sustainably today.

  • Learn about the the role of wildfire in the earth system, including how it affects biodiversity

  • Examine the role of fire in human history and culture, including how our response to fire has changed over the years.

  • Discover the impact that climate change is having on wildfire activity.

Dr Penelope Jones

Dr Pennelope (Penny) Jones is a Research Fellow in Environmental Health at the University of Tasmania, and plays a formative role in delivering the Living with Fire (KPZ104) unit within the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living. Penny combines her government experience in environmental, natural resource management and water policy with a wealth of multi-disciplinary research expertise in the areas of palaeoecology, archaeology, aerobiology and environmental health. Given her broad research interests, she is a valued contributor to the University of Tasmania's Fire Centre Research Hub.

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