- Code ENVS6108
- 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, Development Studies, Environmental Studies More...
All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
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.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe an advanced 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, and critically evaluate related interventions.
- Draw on current theories and science to anticipate future trajectories and apply recognised principles to guide sustainable development decision-making.
- Apply sophisticated research, writing and presentation skills to complex issues
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.
- Weekly quiz relating to reading material (10) [LO 1,3,4]
- Individual written critical analysis report applying a theoretical framework to a provided case study (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Personal reflection linking sustainable development theory, practice, and lived experience (20) [LO 1,2,4]
- Essay on principles of sustainable development as they apply to the final case study (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
No prescribed text is allocated. Please refer to the course WATTLE site for readings.
Areas of Interest
- Human Ecology
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Development Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Human Sciences
- Population Studies
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- 6 units
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