Subject details

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

  1. utilise systems thinking to understand sustainability problems and develop sustainability solutions
  2. implement sustainability through a 'governance' approach at a primarily local level
  3. utilise a number of processes and tools to implement sustainability at an organisational and local level.
  • Topics

    • Introduction - visioning a sustainable future
    • Systems thinking and resilience
    • Applying systems thinking to sustainability
    • Sustainability from an ecological perspective
    • Sustainability from a social perspective
    • Governance for sustainability governance - partnerships and participation
    • Governance for sustainability - state government and local government
    • Measuring and assessing sustainability
    • Critical reflective thinking and practice
    • Creating change in organisations
    • Creating change in individuals and communities
    • Conclusions - leadership and innovation for a sustainable future
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Printable format materials

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-SUS214


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 SUS214 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities.

This subject develops knowledge of the conceptual, practical and policy aspects of sustainable development. The subject focuses on the implementation of sustainability at a local and sub-national level. Systems thinking and resilience are presented as key tools to both understand sustainability problems and develop sustainability solutions within socio-ecological systems. The implementation of sustainability is then explored through governance, business and civil society approaches.

  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Project Report 1 (30%)
  • Project Report 2 (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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