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EV1011 - Introduction to Sustainability

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

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

  • to provide a brief overview of the sustainability challenges facing humanity;
  • to introduce basic concepts of sustainability;
  • to provide an understanding of the history and development of the sustainability paradigm;
  • to provide an overview of the philosophy and ethics of sustainability;
  • to develop multidisciplinary oral and written communication skills.

Availabilities

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours - Practicals/tutorials
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); tutorial and field exercises (30%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours - Practicals/tutorials
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); tutorial and field exercises (30%).

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.