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EV1011 - Introduction to Sustainability

[Offered in odd-numbered years in JCU Singapore, JCU Singapore. ]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject provides an introduction to sustainability and is a foundation subject for students undertaking the Corporate Environmental Management (CEM) major in the Bachelor of Environmental Practice (BEP), or who have an interest in sustainability and/or 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 (e.g. '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 approaches and methods required to understand and consider sustainability and sustainable development, including multi-disciplinary approaches and complex systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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;
  • define key sustainability concepts/principles and identify their relevance to key sustainability issues;
  • discuss key global and Australian sustainability challenges in terms of environmental, economic and socio-political dimensions.

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (40%)
  • essays (20%)
  • practical participation and assignments (15%)
  • quiz (10%)
  • viral video (15%).

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours - Practicals/tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours - Practicals/tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 06-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

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

  • 50 hours - Combined Lectures; Practicals; and tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.