Subject details

The primary objective of this subject 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 degree 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.
  • Topics
    • Global and regional sustainability: introduction and overview;
    • Population, demographic transition and sustainable lifestyles
    • Food and agriculture
    • Climate change, cities and energy
    • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
    • Water
    • Ecological restoration
    • Participation in sustainability
    • Global governance for sustainability
    • Civil Society
    • Economic systems and sustainability
    • Hope for the future
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

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:

  • MUR-SUS212


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject enables students to apply their understanding of sustainability and their knowledge of environmental systems to different scales ranging from regional to global. Students will develop competence to unpack the threats to sustainability and their underlying drivers. They will explore strategies to address them which incorporate technical, governance, economic and social approaches.

  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (25%)
  • Assignment 4 - Invigilated Exam (30%)

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

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