Engaging with Sustainability
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Note: Students may only enrol in this subject (TAS-XBR9101) if they are admitted to the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living. All other students should enrol in TAS-XBR101.
On successful completion of this subject you will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of a range of evidence, debate, and theoretical perspectives related to social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability
- Critically investigate and synthesise theories, practices, arguments, and values that give meaning to sustainability
- Reflect upon and articulate your current understanding of sustainability and constructively engage with the views of others.
- History of sustainability discourses
- Contesting sustainability
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
Contemporary media is saturated with images of extreme weather events, hunger, poverty, conflict, pollution, austerity, and financial crisis. Mounting evidence suggests the 21st century will be defined by unprecedented challenges related to environmental instability, economic inequality and risks to social well-being on a global scale. The idea of sustainability has become a focal point in efforts to tackle the root causes of these challenges yet often seems elusive. The meanings of sustainability and implications for action are as hotly contested as they are complex, wide-ranging and value-laden. As a result, this subject brings a wide range of perspectives to bear on questions of sustainability that integrate environmental, social and economic disciplines. The subject will develop your interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability through critical thinking, reflection and evidence-based argument focussed on practical case studies drawn from around the world. Subject delivery focuses on dialogue and inquiry between teachers, yourself, and your peers that respects the importance of diverse perspectives. The subject develops skills related to understanding core concepts, synthesising knowledge, communicating with diverse audiences, engaging in constructive debate and becoming more self-aware of what sustainability means and what practices it entails—professionally and personally.
- Essay (20%)
- Group project (30%)
- Learning journal (40%)