Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to universal global goals
    • Partnerships, engagement and transdisciplinarity
    • No poverty; Zero hunger, Good health and wellbeing
    • Quality education; Gender equality
    • Clean water and sanitation; Affordable and clean energy
    • Decent work and quality economic development; Industry and innovation
    • Reduced inequalities; Responsible consumption and production
    • Sustainable cities and communities; Climate action
    • Life below water; Life on land
    • Peace, justice and strong institutions
    • Partnerships and means of implementation
    • Common threads and conclusions
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Study guide
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

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

  1. analyse and critically evaluate issues of justice and responsibility of the individual, the community, business and government in the light of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  2. analyse and synthesise expert information through the lenses of social, biological, cultural and economic interdependence of individual countries within the global community
  3. analyse and critically evaluate the role of international collaboration and partnerships for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  4. work individually and collaboratively to use, maintain and develop expert knowledge about sustainability in terms of theoretical, conceptual and methodological elements, showing intellectual independence, creativity and responsibility
  5. communicate orally and in writing theoretical propositions, methodologies and findings in a way that is appropriate for audience and purpose
  6. create innovative policy solutions through the application of research skills, practical experience and understanding beyond a single discipline.
  • Assignment 1 - Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 1 (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (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 explores the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals from a range of theoretical, policy and practical perspectives. It contextualises their adoption within an international, domestic and global context. Students will analyse and reflect on contemporary issues and discourse of sustainable development, international aid and technological progress, including issues of poverty, food security, healthy lives, quality education, gender equity, water availability, sustainable energy, productive employment, resilient infrastructure, reduction of inequality within and between countries, better human settlements, sustainable production and consumption, climate change action, sustainable use of oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, peaceful and inclusive societies and partnerships for sustainable development.

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