Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (30%) , Online Discussion - Participation (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as SUS214 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities.

This unit develops knowledge of the conceptual, practical and policy aspects of sustainable development. The unit focuses on the implementation of sustainability at a local and sub-national level. Systems thinking and resilience are presented as key tools to both understand sustainability problems and develop sustainability solutions within socio-ecological systems. The implementation of sustainability is then explored through governance, business and civil society approaches.

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

  1. utilise systems thinking to understand sustainability problems and develop sustainability solutions
  2. implement sustainability through a 'governance' approach at a primarily local level
  3. utilise a number of processes and tools to implement sustainability at an organisational and local level.
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion — Participation (10%)
  • Project Report 1 (30%)
  • Project Report 2 (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SUS214 — Sustainability, Ecology and Communities

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction - visioning a sustainable future
2Systems thinking and resilience
3Applying systems thinking to sustainability
4Sustainability from an ecological perspective
5Sustainability from a social perspective
6Governance for sustainability governance - partnerships and participation
7Governance for sustainability - state government and local government
8Measuring and assessing sustainability
9Critical reflective thinking and practice
10Creating change in organisations
11Creating change in individuals and communities
12Conclusions - leadership and innovation for a sustainable future

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

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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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