- Code ENVS1008
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 UGRD
- Dr Lorrae Van Kerkhoff
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Second Semester 2015
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe an integrated understanding of the current principles and practice of sustainable development as it is manifested at local, national and global levels.
- Recognise, understand and explain the complexity of linkages between resource use, ecological integrity, social justice, and governance.
- 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.
- Apply research, writing and presentation skills to complex issues.
- 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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65 contact hours, comprising lectures and tutorials
Requisite and Incompatibility
Areas of Interest
- Human Ecology
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Development Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Human Sciences
- Population Studies
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2035||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|