Introduction to Sustainable Development - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit examines the evolution of sustainability over the past 40 years. In addition, the unit looks at the wide range of approaches to sustainability today including:

  • environmental scepticism;
  • mainstream market based and technocratic approaches;
  • and community based approaches.

The unit will also reflect on what are the most effective responses to the sustainability challenge including global intergovernmental responses, the role of business, and more sustainable personal practices.

On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
  1. demonstrate how the idea of sustainability has changed and evolved over the last four decades;
  2. identify the key thinkers, events and publications in the history of sustainability;
  3. critically reflect on the main approaches to sustainability today; and
  4. engage with the contestability of the concept of sustainability.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Report — Critical Report (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Module 1: Past approaches to sustainable development;
2Module 2: Contemporary approaches to sustainable development;
3Module 3: Contesting sustainability

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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