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EV3011 - Sustainability in Practice

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

This subject explores the efficiency of sustainability and sustainable development by considering a variety of contempary social processes operating within civil society. The subject begins by considering the governance of sustainability especially as it relates to sustainability policy and planning. Sustainability within modern industry and business is also considered along with the role of non-profit and non-government organisations. The theory and practice of a variety of approaches that support sustainability including market-based approaches, technocratic approaches and community approaches. The practical/tutorial sessions provide students with the opportunity to consider other practical initiatives that support sustainability including: participatory forms of decision-making; capacity building; ethical investing; fair trade; corporate social responsibility; and environmental management systems (ISO 14000).

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an understanding of how different sectors in civil society (government, corporat, industry, business, non-profit, community) are responding to sustainability;
  • develop an understanding of the challenges of intergrating environmental, social and economic objectives;
  • develop an understanding of the interface between theory and practice in sustainability;
  • develop an understanding of sustainability theories, tools and techniques and their complexities, applications and value; and;
  • to provide an appreciation of how and in what ways different approaches and techniques are used by policy and planning practitioners seeking sustainable outcomes.


Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturer: Dr Charles Clarke.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (25%); research project oral (10%); (20%); research project report (30%); research project proposal (15%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturer: Dr Neil Hutchinson.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); practical, tutorial & 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.