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EV5015 - Sustainability in Practice

[Not offered in 2023]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject explores the efficacy of sustainability and sustainable development by considering a variety of contemporary social processes operating within civil society. The subject begins by considering the theory and practice of sustainability assessment (SA), including typical 'triple-bottom-line' accounting. Sustainability within modern industry and business is considered along with the role of non-profit and non-government organisations. The theory and practice of a variety of approaches that support sustainability are examined including market-based approaches, technocratic approaches and community approaches. Students will have the opportunity to consider other practical initiatives that support sustainability including: sustainability assessment, participatory forms of decision-making, including multi criteria analysis; capacity building; corporate social responsibility; and, community/stakeholder engagement. Assessment in the subject provides students with the opportunity to undertake an independent sustainability research project.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate advanced, integrated knowledge and understanding of sustainability combined with specialised disciplinary (e.g. science, business, social science) depth;
  • critically analyse and evaluate sustainability theory, models, concepts and techniques;
  • apply analytic tools to define, evaluate and describe sustainability problems and solutions from within chosen discipline/s (e.g. science, business, social science);
  • communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing;
  • devise, plan and conduct a sustainability research project incorporating appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative research methods from within chosen discipline/s.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Literature review - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (40%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (15%) - Group & Individual.

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.