Undergraduate | TAS-KGA301 | 2024
Change Agents for Sustainability
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- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- No ATAR needed,
- No prior study
- 14 weeks
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Change Agents for Sustainability
About this subject
Upon successful completion of this subject , the student should be able to:
- Analyse the roles, values, and practices of sustainability change agents by critically integrating environmental, political, cultural, and economic knowledge in diverse settings and across scales.
- Analyse a global sustainability challenge and design a sustainability transition plan, individually and in teams, to guide diverse change agents in a specific context.
- Communicate persuasively, ethically, and reflectively through varied means, individually and in teams, to advocate for sustainability transitions.
- Module 1: Sustainability and Change
- Sustainability transitions
- Change agents and root problems
- Module 2: Problems and Agency
- Policy entrepreneurs
- Governance and problem definition
- Module 3: Evidence and Argument
- Arguments to change behaviours
- Evidence, audience and effect
- Module 4: Equity and Power
- Just transitions
- The power to change
- Module 5: Collaboration and Intervention
- Working together for change
- Designing effective interventions for sustainable development
- Module 6: Visioning and Shaping Futures
- Action and activism
- Feeling our way forward
- Student exhibition
The most complex and important challenges facing societies today bring together concerns about environmental, political, economic, and cultural sustainability. Guided by an interdisciplinary teaching team with expertise in life sciences, social sciences, and business, you will explore ways that you and others can act as agents of change for sustainability. You will work individually and in collaborative teams to analyse root problems, develop feasible action plans, and communicate about sustainability transitions to target audiences. Acknowledging the essential importance of just and democratic action to achieving sustainability, you will take account of Indigenous perspectives, diverse values, social power, and your own positioning. Global sustainability challenges will be grounded in diverse contexts from Tasmania and around the world. Drawing inspiration from the stories of other change agents, you will be empowered to advocate and catalyse practical change through organisational, professional, civic, and personal action. This subject forms the capstone of the Sustainability Major that can be completed in the BSc or in any other undergraduate degree that provides elective space. It can also be taken as a stand-alone elective.
- Mapping a sustainability challenge (20%)
- Discussion Posts (30%)
- Sustainability Transition Plan (50%)
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