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Sustainable Development Internship Project (SUS331)

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 provides an invaluable opportunity to acquire sustainability skills, knowledge and networks. Students are encouraged to work with government agencies, industry or civil society groups on internships or projects relevant to sustainable development, while drawing on the support of academic supervisors. While suggestions for internships and projects are provided, the onus is on students to organise projects that match their interests and prepare them for further study or their chosen careers.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Integrate the knowledge acquired during their university studies when analysing and evaluating complex 'real world' sustainability issues and challenges.
2. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing responses to these complex sustainability issues/challenges;
3. Prepare professional reports to a standard worthy of a sustainability practitioner;
4. Deliver oral presentations that give a clear, coherent and independent exposition of sustainability knowledge and arguments in a manner suitable for both expert and non-expert audiences.
5. Apply this knowledge and these skills with initiative and judgement within sustainability professional practice and/or scholarship.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit involves internship or project work undertaken with the guidance of an academic supervisor. There are no lectures or tutorials.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is unlike most coursework units. There are no regular lectures or tutorials, and there is no list of unit readings. Instead, the unit provides an opportunity for students who are well advanced in their studies to enhance their expertise and experiences as sustainability practitioners by undertaking an Internship or Project, with the support of an academic supervisor.
Internships usually involve placements at relevant organisations such as local governments, state or federal government agencies, businesses (such as sustainability or environmental consultants), and non-government organisations (including community groups).
Projects do not involve placements at organisations, but often involve working on project tasks recommended by 'partner' sustainability organisations.
Internships and Projects require self-motivation, commitment and professionalism, and a willingness to 'learn by doing'. They can also be very rewarding, providing capacities, experiences, and contacts that are particularly relevant for students aspiring to be skilled sustainability practitioners.

Other Learning Experiences Regular meetings with the academic supervisor and other students taking the unit.
Assessment Essay (1000 words), Final Report (2500 words) and Presentation.
Prerequisites Completion of at least 36 points in the BA in Sustainable Development or BSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability. Students enrolled in other courses may be eligible for enrolment, at the discretion of the unit coordinator.
Previously 2016: 'Sustainability Internship Project'
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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