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LB5411 - Resilience and Sustainable Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

Sustainability and resilience are the two sides of the same coin. There are indeed certain similarities between the two concepts. Accordingly, this subject focuses on the essential requirements for achieving smart, resilient and sustainable development. The subject also underpins the practical foundation and application of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value of measuring progress on the SDGs. Further, resilience tends to prioritise processes of systems, whereas sustainability prioritises the outcomes of those systems. Neglecting similarities and differences between the two doctrines may blindside policymakers and prevent them from recognising the importance of capitalising on synergies, there seems to be a need to put aside this discourse of similarity and differences and start to think about these two concepts as intertwined. In this subject, students will learn about sustainable development and the 2030 development agenda, adaptation and adaptability, transformation and transformability, sustainable business strategy, development and social justice, human well-being and resilience for sustainable development, green and blue economies and smart growth and sustainable/resilient economies.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand and apply the definitions of sustainable developments to different domains - environmental, social and economic;
  • critically analyse and evaluate the policy objectives and instruments aligned to the differing domains of sustainable development and human wellbeing;
  • ability to envision environment and climate change and propose pathways to address these issues;
  • develop in-depth knowledge of sustainable development and economic resilience theories, practices and methodologies.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Case report 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > ePoster - (30%) - Group
  • Participation > Online participation - (30%) - Individual.
Basic knowledge of Management


Townsville, Trimester 2, Intensive
Census Date 22-Jun-2023
Face to face teaching (2023 teaching dates to be advised)
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Taha Chaiechi
Lecturer: Dr Diane Jarvis.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours seminars
  • 10 hours online activity - Recordings, online activities and self-directed learning
  • assessment and self-directed study

Trimester 3, External
Census Date 05-Oct-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Taha Chaiechi
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours online activity - Recordings, online activities & self-directed learning
  • 10 hours online Tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

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.