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EV5015 - Sustainability in Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

This subject explores the efficacy of sustainability and sustainable development by considering a variety of contemporary social processes operating within civil society. The subject begins by considering the theory and practice of sustainability assessment (SA), including typical 'triple-bottom-line' accounting. 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 are examined including market-based approaches, tecnocratic approaches and community approaches. Students will have the opportunity to consider other practical initiatives that support sustainability including: participatory forms of decision-making; capacity building; corporate social responsibility; and, environmental management systems. Assessment in the subject provides students with the opportunity to undertake an independent sustainability research project.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate advanced, integrated knowledge and understanding of sustainability combined with specialised disciplinary (e.g. science, business, social science) depth;
  • critically analyse and evaluate sustainability theory, models, concepts and techniques;
  • apply analytic tools to define, evaluate and describe sustainability problems and solutions from within chosen discipline/s (e.g. science, business, social science);
  • devise, plan and conduct a sustainability research project incorporating appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative research methods from within chosen discipline/s (e.g. science, business, social science);
  • communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.


Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturer: Dr Charles Clarke.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: presentations (10%); assignments (40%); literature review (25%); research project proposal (10%); practical & tutorial exercises (15%).

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.