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EV1011 - Introduction to Sustainability

[Offered in even-numbered years in JCU Singapore. ]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject provides an introduction to sustainability and is the foundation subject for students undertaking the undergraduate degree in sustainability, or who have an interest in sustainability and sustainable development. It explores the underpinnings of the ecological, social and economic challenges confronting humanity by considering the history, philosophy, ethics, and political developments that have shaped current interpretations of sustainability. The nature of 'wicked' problems is explored alongside sustainability principles (eg 'weak' and 'strong' perspectives) and concepts such as environmental justice and inter- and intra-generational equity are reviewed. Some of the challenges and solutions to meeting sustainability objectives across the so-called 'triple-bottom-line' (ecological, social and economic) are discussed. The practical/tutorial sessions will develop themes introduced in the lectures and introduce some of the technical tools and methods required to understand and consider sustainability and sustainable development, including multi-disciplinary approaches and complex systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • discuss key global and Australian sustainability challenges in terms of environmental and socio-political dimensions;
  • define key sustainability concepts/principles and identify their relevance to sustainability issues;
  • describe the socio-political circumstances that makes adoption of sustainability policy and practice challenging in contemporary society;
  • demonstrate inclusive and systemic thinking with respect to sustainability issues and challenges;
  • communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturers: Miss Sarah Arrowsmith, Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours - Practicals/tutorials
    Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (10%); essays (20%); video (15%); tutorial, practical and field exercises (15%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
    Census Date 29-Aug-2019
    Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
    Lecturers: Dr Colin MacGregor, Miss Sarah Arrowsmith, Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 24 hours - Practicals/tutorials
      Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (10%); essays (20%); video (15%); tutorial, practical and field exercises (15%).

      JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
      Census Date 11-Apr-2019
      Contact hours:
      • 50 hours - Combined Lectures; Practicals; and tutorials
        Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); in-class quiz (10%); essays (20%); video (15%); tutorial, practical and field exercises (15%).

        JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
        Census Date 05-Dec-2019
        Contact hours:
        • 50 hours - Combined Lectures; Practicals; and tutorials
          Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); in-class quiz (10%); essays (20%); video (15%); tutorial, practical and field exercises (15%).

          Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.