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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Past, present and future of sustainability
    • Long-term vision and long-term economic and social security
    • Population and development
    • Climate change
    • Biodiversity, ecological footprint and modelling cities on ecosystems
    • Sustainable production and consumption, sports and recreation
    • Food and water
    • Empowerment, participation and partnerships
    • Indigenous sustainability
    • Waste and living simply
    • Empowerment, participation and partnerships
    • Governance and hope
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

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

  1. analyse and critically evaluate issues of social justice and social responsibility of the individual, the community, business and government in the light of sustainability goals
  2. analyse and synthesise expert information through the lenses of social, biological, cultural and economic interdependence of global life
  3. 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
  4. communicate orally and in writing theoretical propositions, methodologies and findings in a way that is appropriate for audience and purpose
  5. create innovative policy solutions through the application of research skills, practical experience and understanding beyond a single discipline
  6. demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism, paraphrasing and the principles of Academic Integrity.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Presentation (40%)

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

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • CUR-SCP521

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject was previously known as SCP521 Topics in Sustainability.

This subject enables students to understand, reflect and investigate some of the main sustainability problems that the world faces now and in the future, including the relationships between these issues, and to research an put into professional practice the newly developed knowledge and skill.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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