|Student Contribution Band:||Band 4|
|Administered by:||Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences|
This subject provides an introduction to sustainability and is the foundation subject for students undertaking the undergraduate degree in sustainability, or who have an interest in sustainability and 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 (eg '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 technical tools and methods required to understand and consider sustainability and sustainable development, including multi-disciplinary approaches and complex systems.
|Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal|
|Census Date 22-Mar-2012|
|Coord/Lect:||<Person not found>.|
|Assessment:||end of semester exam (50%); essays (20%); tutorial and field exercises (30%).|
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