Global and Regional Sustainability - 2016

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 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as SUS212 Global & Regional Sustainability.

Rapidly growing population, the spread of cities, the energy crisis, global warming, deforestation, desertification, the loss of species and toxic chemicals are examples of global environmental challenges with a social and economic basis that invite regional solutions. This unit will provide a global and regional perspective on the interconnections between these concerns; their solution in a sustainable development framework; and the role of technology, community values and global and regional sustainability institutions in managing our future.

The primary objective of this unit is to examine the many interacting factors that constitute sustainability issues and to understand some of the ways we can move to greater sustainability by actions at scales ranging from local to global.

After completing this course you should be able to:

  1. describe how socio-economic and ecological dimensions interact and the significance of integrated responses to enhance sustainability.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the significance of and interaction between global, regional and local scales for sustainability issues.
  3. critically analyse interconnections between environmental conditions and human values, practices, institutions.
  4. use these skills and knowledge to suggest and critique practical actions and policies that enhance sustainability.
  5. engage openly in critical, evidence-based discussion of sustainability challenges and options.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (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:

  • SUS212 — Global & Regional Sustainability

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Global and regional sustainability: introduction and overview;
2Population, demographic transition and sustainable lifestyles
3Food and agriculture
4Climate change, cities and energy
5Biodiversity and ecosystem services
7Ecological restoration
8Participation in sustainability
9Global governance for sustainability
10Civil Society
11Economic systems and sustainability
12Hope for the 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

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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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