Undergraduate | TAS-ZAS118 | 2024
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An introduction to the global challenge of sustainability. Think about social, economic, and environmental challenges around the world. Unpack interconnected issues including climate change and sustainable cities. Strive for an equitable future for all.
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- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 15 Jan 2024,
- 26 Feb 2024,
- 22 July 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- No ATAR needed,
- No prior study
- 14 weeks
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About this subject
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify and assess the environmental, social and economic implications for a sustainable world.
- Describe approaches to sustainability that allow us to rethink and redesign production and consumption.
- Communicate information to support decision-making for sustainable outcomes and propose solutions or innovations.
- Reflect on your own role and approaches to practice that contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals.
- Module 1: Introduction & Sustainable Development Goals and Transformation
- Module 2: Transformation 1 Education, gender and equality
- Module 3: Transformation 2 Health, well-being and demography
- Module 4: Transformation 3 Energy, decarbonisation and sustainable industry
- Module 5: Transformation 4 Sustainable food, land, water and oceans
- Module 6: Transformation 5 Sustainable Cities and communities
- Module 7: Transformation 6 Digital revolution for sustainable development
- Module 8: Footprints and accreditation schemes for decoupling and decarbonisation
- Module 9: Circularity and decoupling
- Module 10: Circular Design
- Module 11: Leave no one behind
In this subject, you will be introduced to the concept of sustainability starting with the transformations necessary for achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a way that organises them into 6 logical groups. You will examine each grouping and how collectively they form a framework for accelerating progress, in line with the latest global efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and a just, and sustainable world by 2050 within safe planetary limits.
This deeply interdisciplinary subject explores transformation across education, health, energy, sustainable food production, land, water and oceans, sustainable cities and communities. Along with the transformations you will identify the environmental, social, and economic implications of traditional production, processing and manufacturing systems at local and global scales and learn why we need to rethink and redesign the way we make and consume things. You will learn how decoupling, digital transformation and circular design must underpin all of these transformations. As immediate and ambitious action is necessary to achieve a sustainable future, you will explore, ‘how are we going to get there?’ as well as your own role in contributing to change.
This subject also introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs.
You will be introduced to:
- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.
- Environmental Scan (E-Scan) (20%)
- Photographic Essay (35%)
- Circular Design Poster (45%)
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