Sustainable Development Goals - 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: Essay 1 (35%) , Essay 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit explores the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals from a range of theoretical, policy and practical perspectives. It contextualises their adoption within an international, domestic and global context. Students will analyse and reflect on contemporary issues and discourse of sustainable development, international aid and technological progress, including issues of poverty, food security, healthy lives, quality education, gender equity, water availability, sustainable energy, productive employment, resilient infrastructure, reduction of inequality within and between countries, better human settlements, sustainable production and consumption, climate change action, sustainable use of oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, peaceful and inclusive societies and partnerships for sustainable development.

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

  1. analyse and critically evaluate issues of justice and responsibility of the individual, the community, business and government in the light of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  2. analyse and synthesise expert information through the lenses of social, biological, cultural and economic interdependence of individual countries within the global community
  3. analyse and critically evaluate the role of international collaboration and partnerships for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  4. work individually and collaboratively to use, maintain and develop expert knowledge about sustainability in terms of theoretical, conceptual and methodological elements, showing intellectual independence, creativity and responsibility
  5. communicate orally and in writing theoretical propositions, methodologies and findings in a way that is appropriate for audience and purpose
  6. create innovative policy solutions through the application of research skills, practical experience and understanding beyond a single discipline.
  • Essay 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (35%)
  • Presentation (30%)

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 to universal global goals
2Partnerships, engagement and transdisciplinarity
3No poverty; Zero hunger, Good health and wellbeing
4Quality education; Gender equality
5Clean water and sanitation; Affordable and clean energy
6Decent work and quality economic development; Industry and innovation
7Reduced inequalities; Responsible consumption and production
8Sustainable cities and communities; Climate action
9Life below water; Life on land
10Peace, justice and strong institutions
11Partnerships and means of implementation
12Common threads and conclusions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • The Age of Sustainable Development

    By:Jeffrey D. Sachs

    ISBN: 9780231173155


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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