PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

PLA1PSD

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit we explore the meaning and emerging opportunities of sustainable development - drawing together the inextricable links between the development of human and social capital, the maintenance of natural capital and sustainable wealth creation. Development opportunities are emerging through innovative sustainable technologies and shifts in focus toward 'growing people' rather than only 'growing the economy'. Areas of study will cover issues of social well-being and the measurement of progress; links between economic, social and ecological systems; the value of nature to economic and social well-being; practical examples of sustainability innovations, and planning frameworks for sustainable development based on the triple bottom line audit concept. Students will complete the unit understanding the multidisciplinary nature of sustainable development, enabling them to think critically as they undertake subjects within the different disciplines.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew Butt

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIn search of sustainability,RecommendedGoldie, T., Douglas, B. and Furnass, B.CSIRO 2005
ReadingsNatural capitalism: the next industrial revolution,RecommendedHawken, P., Lovins, A. and Lovins, L.EARTHSCAN 1999
ReadingsResetting the compass: Australia's journey toward sustainability,RecommendedYencken, D. and Wilkinson, D.CSIRO 2000

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop field observation techniques to understand contemporary resource management and environmental issues

Activities:
lectures, fieldwork
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

02. Discuss notions of sustainability in policy and popular discourse

Activities:
lectures, tutorials, essay, presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)

03. Exemplify key principles and concepts of sustainable development policy and literature

Activities:
lectures, tutorials, fieldwork, essay, presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Identify issues and dilemmas in achieving sustainability within the constraints of economic, social and environmental contexts in Australia and elsewhere

Activities:
lectures, essay, presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

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