Pathways to Sustainability - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Sustainability map (35%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit presents a new set of processes that underpin the movement towards sustainability. Ontologies and epistemologies likely to generate sustainability praxis are examined. Pathways are explored that enable the development and implementation of sustainability, such as: transition management, reflexive governance, cultural value analysis, sustainability policy, sustainability mapping and sustainability planning. Students will develop both specific skills and understanding of the theories behind these skills.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically reflect on paradigms of thought from key contributory disciplines that underpin contemporary sustainability theory
  2. apply constructs from sustainability theory in order to change the form and content of public policy, planning and management
  3. apply computer technologies to critically analyse and represent creative tensions of cultural, social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainability
  4. express orally and in writing key sustainability concepts to a target audience
  5. recognise the uncertainty and complexity of social ecological systems and work collaboratively to transform them in order to manage the transition to sustainability.
  • Assignment — Sustainability map (35%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Presentation (35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: first principles
2Culture, practice and sustainability
3Conceptual frameworks for sustainability: world views and ways of knowing
4Literature and sustainability: visions in science fiction
5Transition management and the implementation gap
6Education for sustainability
7Mapping sustainability
8Governance for sustainability
9Legislation, policy and realpolitik
10Economics for sustainability
11Planning for sustainability
12Adaptive management and learning for sustainability

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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