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Introduction to Sustainable Development
Undergraduate | MUR-SUS100 | 2024
Discover how sustainability has developed as a concept over the last four decades. Dig into the political economy of sustainability. Test the effectiveness of various approaches to sustainability in battling global sustainability problems.
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- Study method
- 100% online
- Subject may require attendance
- Entry requirements
- No ATAR needed,
- No prior study
- 13 weeks
- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024,
- 24 June 2024,
- 29 July 2024
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Introduction to Sustainable Development
About this subject
On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:
- Evaluate how the idea of sustainability has changed and evolved over the last four decades;
- Identify key thinkers, events and publications in the history of sustainability;
- Critically reflect on the main approaches to sustainability today;
- Discuss the contestability of the sustainability concept
- Communicate clear arguments
- Emerging global unsustainability
- Rise of the modern sustainability concept
- Sustainability: The state of play
- The role of government in achieving sustainability
- The market: Technology – Fixing Sustainability?
- The market: Business responses to sustainability
- The role of civil society in achieving sustainability
- North and South: Development perspectives
- Radical approaches to sustainability
- Contesting sustainability: The sceptics
- Contesting sustainability: The role of the media
- Conclusions: Approaching the future
NOTE: If you study this subject in Winter, the subject will be a shorter duration (5 weeks) and will require at least 20 hours of study per week.
This unit is a critical introduction to sustainability that traces the concept's evolution and explores how we can establish a more sustainable society. To this end, a range of different approaches to sustainability are introduced and compared, and analysis will be made of their respective effectiveness in addressing global sustainability problems, including reducing the impact humans have on the natural environment.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Participation and self-assessment (10%)
- Essay (35%)
- Online quizzes (25%)
- Final Invigilated Examination (closed book, supervised) (30%)
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