Topics in Sustainability - 2016

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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 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

In 2017, this unit will be known as SCP701 Topics in Sustainability.

This unit enables students to understand, reflect and investigate some of the main sustainability problems that the world faces now and in the future, including the relationships between these issues, and to research an put into professional practice the newly developed knowledge and skill.

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

  1. analyse and critically evaluate issues of social justice and social responsibility of the individual, the community, business and government in the light of sustainability goals
  2. analyse and synthesise expert information through the lenses of social, biological, cultural and economic interdependence of global life
  3. 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
  4. communicate orally and in writing theoretical propositions, methodologies and findings in a way that is appropriate for audience and purpose
  5. create innovative policy solutions through the application of research skills, practical experience and understanding beyond a single discipline.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Presentation (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

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.

1Past, present and future of sustainability
2Long-term vision and long-term economic and social security
3Population and development
4Climate change
5Biodiversity, ecological footprint and modelling cities on ecosystems
6Sustainable production and consumption, sports and recreation
7Food and water
8Empowerment, participation and partnerships
9Indigenous sustainability
10Waste and living simply
11Empowerment, participation and partnerships
12Governance and hope

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • 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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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