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Special Topics in Sustainability: Behavioural Change and Sustainable Living (SUS250)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: SUM2-internal
Description This unit brings together sustainability theory and practice, equipping students with the skills and knowledge to make sustainable lifestyle decisions and to critically reflect on individual lifestyle choices. The unit focuses on behavioural change and involves hands-on sustainability activities. The skills acquired in this unit are transferable life skills such as problem solving, creativity and capacity building, which not only will equip students for their future careers but also help foster a community of sustainability practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Identify key building blocks of sustainable living;
2. Identify aspects of the human psychology of sustainability and behavioural change;
3. Operationalise sustainable living principles;
4. Critically reflect on the role of individual action and behavioural change in the sustainability context;
5. Evaluate the impact of lifestyle changes.
Timetabled Learning Activities 10 x 3-hour workshops.
Unit Learning Experiences This Special Topic is a modified version of the award-winning Living Smart behaviour change program. It is structured around a number of modules exploring sustainability behaviour pertaining to: - Simple living - Water - Power - Waste - Gardening for Food Production - Transport - Healthy You - Healthy Home - Community. In this series of workshops, skilled Living Smart facilitators trained in adult learning principles will use cooperative learning, the sharing of participant knowledge and hands-on activities to explore the opportunities for behaviour change. The Special Topic will take into consideration the needs and interests of the students, as well as utilising expertise within the group. Upon completion of this Special Topic, students will have a very broad understanding of what it means to be sustainable and will possess the highly prized skills and knowledge needed to bring about behaviour change within households, workplaces and communities.
Other Learning Experiences The unit includes both in-class activities and practical outside activities and field trips.
Assessment Students will be assessed on their level and quality of engagement with the unit and in class. Part of this assessment is also their end-of-semester presentation about their behaviour change project. In addition, students will keep a reflective journal during the ten Living Smart modules. This will assist with their 1,500-word major assignment, which focuses on their behaviour change project and explores the practical application of Living Smart modules within a household or workplace. A project proposal needs to be submitted before commencement of the behaviour change project.
Prerequisites Nil.
Previously 2013: SSH301
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.


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