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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction: first principles
    • Culture, practice and sustainability
    • Conceptual frameworks for sustainability: world views and ways of knowing
    • Literature and sustainability: visions in science fiction
    • Transition management and the implementation gap
    • Education for sustainability
    • Mapping sustainability
    • Governance for sustainability
    • Legislation, policy and realpolitik
    • Economics for sustainability
    • Planning for sustainability
    • Adaptive management and learning for sustainability
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

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

  1. critically reflect on paradigms of thought from key contributory disciplines that underpin contemporary sustainability theory
  2. apply constructs from sustainability theory in order to change the form and content of public policy, planning and management
  3. apply computer technologies to critically analyse and represent creative tensions of cultural, social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainability
  4. express orally and in writing key sustainability concepts to a target audience
  5. recognise the uncertainty and complexity of social ecological systems and work collaboratively to transform them in order to manage the transition to sustainability.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Presentation (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Sustainability map (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject presents a new set of processes that underpin the movement towards sustainability. Ontologies and epistemologies likely to generate sustainability praxis are examined. Pathways are explored that enable the development and implementation of sustainability, such as: transition management, reflexive governance, cultural value analysis, sustainability policy, sustainability mapping and sustainability planning. Students will develop both specific skills and understanding of the theories behind these skills.

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