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Introduction to Sustainable Development (SUS100)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit is a critical introduction to sustainability that traces the concept's evolution and explores the political economy of sustainability. To this end, a range of different approaches to sustainability are introduced and compared, and analysis will be made of their respective effectiveness in addressing global sustainability problems.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate how the idea of sustainability has changed and evolved over the last four decades;
2. Identify the key thinkers, events and publications in the history of sustainability;
3. Critically reflect on the main approaches to sustainability today;
4. Engage with the contestability of the concept of sustainability; and
5. Communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Timetabled Learning Activities:
Semester 1: Lectures: 1 hour lecture per week; tutorials/workshops: 1.5 hours per week.
Semester 2: Lectures: 1 hour lecture in Week 1 and Week 14; tutorials/workshops: 1.5 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The unit will be offered in a hybrid mode with both elements of face-to-face and blended delivery. Two F2F on-campus lectures will be offered in Weeks 1 and 14 - the first to introduce the main concepts of the unit and clarify the context and manner of delivery, and the second to summarise and draw together the differing elements of the unit.

Assessment A 2000-word written assignment (30%) provides an opportunity to explore an important sustainability issue in depth in light of divergent sustainability perspectives. Teaching staff provide feedback on the written assignment. Five on-line quizzes (5% each) testing student understanding of key concepts (25%) Students' contributions to tutorials and online discussions are also assessed (10%). There is also an end of semester Exam (35%). Marking rubrics are provided for all assessment work, providing detail on assessment criteria used.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed STP108 Introduction to Sustainable Development or STP109 Approaches to Sustainable Development may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: STP108
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Community Development (BA)
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Sustainable Development (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Teaching Area
International Aid and Development
Sustainable Development
Appears in these Minors International Aid and Development
Sustainable Development
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Martin Brueckner
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2902
e: M.Brueckner@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.027 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Martin Brueckner
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2902
e: M.Brueckner@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.027 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Sally Paulin
P/T Teaching Casual

e: S.Paulin@murdoch.edu.au
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