- 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...
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. Drawing on international case studies in both developed and developing countries, as well as global initiatives, we investigate the goals of sustainability as they relate to environmental, social and economic goals.
Students are introduced to a 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 local, national and global scales. Using case studies and problem-based learning, students draw connections and apply concepts and techniques that may help inform practical solutions and shape our collective future.
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 drivers, pressures, impacts and responses for contemporary sustainable development challenges.
- Draw on current theories to articulate and analyse local, national and global initiatives and efforts to achieve sustainable development.
- Apply research, writing and presentation skills to complex issues.
- Individual presentation synthesis of reading and lecture material (10%; LO 1, 2, 4)
- Individual written case study report (25%; LO 1, 2, 3,4)
- Personal reflection linking sustainable development theory, practice, and lived experience (25% LO 1, 2, 4)
- Major assignment: Essay related to the final case study (40% LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
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60 contact hours, comprising lectures and workshops.
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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