Resilient Regions: Sustainability in Practice - 2017

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 2017: SP1 , SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Presentation - Multimedia Presentation (30%) , Reflective Task - Reflective Journal (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This capstone unit showcases sustainability in practice at a regional scale. The unit is immersive, interactive and practical.   For internal students the unit includes a week-long residency in Denmark WA in early December.  During the residency, field trips and case studies will cover: resilience; bioregionalism; sense of place; sustainable technologies; eco-entrepreneurism; and sustainable agriculture.  There are extra costs for this unit to cover accommodation and food.  External students will be expected to visit similar case studies in their own region.

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 (30%)
  • Reflective Task — Reflective Journal (30%)
  • 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.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Complex adaptive systems and resilience; Bioregionalism and decentralization; Sense of place
2Ecological and agricultural resilience: Ecosystem health and restoration; Transforming agriculture: Catchment management; Permaculture
3Social and Cultural Resilience: Indigenous history and culture; Participatory politics; Alternative communities
4Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Transforming agriculture: Sustainable agriculture; Eco-preneurship; Eco-technologies
5Creating resilient communities

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  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.
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