Resilient Regions: Sustainability in Practice - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Presentation - Multimedia Presentation (40%) , Reflective Task - Reflective Journal (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This capstone unit showcases sustainability in practice at a regional scale. The unit aims to be immersive, interactive and practical. The internal version is based upon a week-long residency in Denmark WA in early December, with additional work scheduled before and after. While in Denmark, students meet with a range of people undertaking projects and enterprises that are creating sustainability at a regional level.
There are extra costs for this unit to cover accommodation, food and travel.

On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

  1. critically apply core concepts in resilience theory to overall sustainability evaluation of a bioregional location
  2. appreciate the role of Indigenous culture in the historical shaping of the bioregion
  3. apply complexity principles to the understanding of the key relationships between the human and ecological elements within a bioregion
  4. compare and contrast orthodox views of economic progress, technology and design to those of alternative communities
  5. compare and contrast conventional agriculture to permaculture, organic and biodynamic alternatives
  6. appreciate the political and policy aspects of regional economic development.
  • Presentation — Multimedia Presentation (40%)
  • Reflective Task — Reflective Journal (20%)
  • Report — Final Report (40%)

Enrolment in one of the majors:Sustainable Dev; Community Dev; International Aid & Dev. Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

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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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