• 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, Development Studies, Environmental Studies More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Lorrae Van Kerkhoff
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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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. 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. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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 drivers, pressures, impacts and responses for contemporary sustainable development challenges.
  3. Draw on current theories to articulate and analyse local, national and global initiatives and efforts to achieve sustainable development.
  4. Apply research, writing and presentation skills to complex issues.

Other Information

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Individual weekly quiz relating to readings (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Individual written case study report (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Personal reflection linking sustainable development theory, practice, and lived experience (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Major assignment: Essay related to the final case study (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 2 hour tutorial (commencing week 2 ) per week.
  • Approximately 84 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.


Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards activities and discussions in both lectures and tutorials.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6108

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text is allocated. Please refer to the course WATTLE site for readings.

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS1001

Areas of Interest

  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Population Studies

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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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8784 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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