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ED5913 - Communicating Sustainability

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Education

This subject is offered in external mode, however some on-campus tutorials may be negotiated. The subject is available to all students who possess an undergraduate degree in teaching (ie Bachelor of Education) or other relevant degree or diploma approved by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Information Technology and the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences.

In this subject, students will have the opportunity to explore different ways of developing and communicating ideas, feelings and actions that articulate sustainability values and ethics and at the same time, help achieve sustainability outcomes. Techniques for communicating sustainability initiatives will be investigated including those needed for effective public participation in decision-making, interpretation, extension and science communication. Students are required to develop a framework for planning, implementing and evaluating communication strategies, which includes alignment of outcomes, messages and tools with specific target audiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • familiarity with a diverse range of interpretive strategies, tools and materials;
  • ability to explain the general benefits of enhanced public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of particular issues of environmental, social and cultural significance;
  • an appreciation of the importance of reflection for successful communication;
  • ability to develop and evaluate materials and/or programs for communicating issues of sustainability.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original;
  • The ability to conceptualise problems;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems;
  • The ability to encompass and use methods and conceptual advances in areas of knowledge cognate to their central area(s) of expertise.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Hilary Whitehouse
Workload expectations:
  • 0 hours - on campus tutorials may be negotiated
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: online discussion board (20% - 30%); assignments (70% - 80%).

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.