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EV3011 - Sustainability in Practice

[Not offered in 2012]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

This subject explores the efficiency of sustainability and sustainable development by considering a variety of contempary social processes operating within civil society. The subject begins by considering the governance of sustainability especially as it relates to sustainability policy and planning. Sustainability within modern industry and business is also considered along with the role of non-profit and non-government organisations. The theory and practice of a variety of approaches that support sustainability including market-based approaches, technocratic approaches and community approaches. The practical/tutorial sessions provide students with the opportunity to consider other practical initiatives that support sustainability including: participatory forms of decision-making; capacity building; ethical investing; fair trade; corporate social responsibility; and environmental management systems (ISO 14000).

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an understanding of how different sectors in civil society (government, corporat, industry, business, non-profit, community) are responding to sustainability;
  • develop an understanding of the challenges of intergrating environmental, social and economic objectives;
  • develop an understanding of the interface between theory and practice in sustainability;
  • develop an understanding of sustainability theories, tools and techniques and their complexities, applications and value; and;
  • to provide an appreciation of how and in what ways different approaches and techniques are used by policy and planning practitioners seeking sustainable outcomes.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to conduct their research in an ethical manner.

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.