• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Development Studies More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Lorrae Van Kerkhoff
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6108
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Twenty-five years on from the first call for sustainable development, we are still struggling with fundamental questions surrounding what it is, how we can usefully characterise it and, most importantly, how to actually achieve it. In this course we critically examine the concept of sustainable development, explore its history, and analyse the present-day challenges it presents. Focusing particularly on the relationships between developed and developing countries, we investigate the goals of sustainability as they relate to environmental, social and economic goals.

 

Students are introduced to a broad range of viewpoints, theories and frameworks useful for thinking about and understanding social and environmental change in the context of sustainable development. We explore a range of contemporary sustainability issues, at global and local scales. Using case studies and problem-based learning, students draw connections and identify positive lessons from the history of sustainable development that may help inform practical solutions and shape our collective future, applied to a real-world situation.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe an integrated understanding of the current principles and practice of sustainable development as it is manifested at local, national and global levels.
  2. Recognise, understand and explain the complexity of linkages between resource use, ecological integrity, social justice, and governance.
  3. Draw on current theories to articulate and analyse the relationships between developed and developing countries, and how these are shaping efforts to achieve sustainable development.
  4. Apply research, writing and presentation skills to complex issues. 

Indicative Assessment

  • Individual ‘rapid response’ presentation synthesis of reading and lecture material (10%; LO 1, 2, 4)
  • Individual ‘rapid response’ written synthesis of reading and lecture material part 2 (15%; LO 1, , 3,4)
  • Reflection linking sustainable development theory, practice, and lived experience (25% LO 1, 2, 4)
  • Major assignment: Short presentation and written submission based on real-world engagement relevant to the final case study,  2500 words (40% LO 1, 2, 3, 4) 

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Workload

65 contact hours, comprising lectures and tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES1008

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS1001

Areas of Interest

  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Population Studies

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7601 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person

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