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Sustainability, Ecology and Communities (SUS512)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit develops knowledge of the conceptual, practical and policy aspects of sustainable development. The unit focuses on the implementation of sustainability at a local and sub-national level. Systems thinking and resilience are presented as key tools to both understand sustainability problems and develop sustainability solutions within socio-ecological systems. The implementation of sustainability is then explored through governance, business and civil society approaches.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
ULO 1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal concepts and theories of Systems thinking and Resilience thinking and their application to sustainability;
ULO 2 Evaluate the multiple inter-disciplinary perspectives which can be brought to bear in responding imaginatively to sustainability problems and in developing sustainability solutions; and
ULO 3 Analyse the range of tools and processes to implement sustainability through Government, Business and Community sectors.
ULO 4 Develop creative sustainability solutions, based on a range of policy tools and a range of models of change;
ULO 5 Work both independently, and collaboratively and respectfully with a range of people
ULO 6 Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: 1 hour per week
Tutorial: 1.5 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit for internal students is based around a combination of weekly lecture and tutorial. Interactive and problem based tasks are a feature of the tutorials, so that students are continually engaging with the unit content. Students will be expected to come prepared to the seminars having read the core readings, and engaged with the range of multimedia resources provided. For both internal and external students, the LMS provides an extra mode of engagement and interaction, particularly in the periods between lectures and tutorials. For external students, the unit is run like any other external unit, with weekly lectures recorded for external students and regular online discussion
Assessment Learning journal- 30% The learning journal will reflect on unit readings, concepts, definitions and personal and tutorial learnings through a separate 250 word journal entry for each of the first four weeks submitted together in week 5.
Major Project - 35% The project requires students to choose a sustainability problem, and apply a systems thinking approach to understanding the problem (Part 1) and developing the most effective solution (Part 2). Examination - 35% An open book exam consisting of short answer questions will test overall understanding of concepts introduced during the unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an Honours or Graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed STP612 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: STP612
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Sustainable Development Honours (BA(Hons))
Graduate Certificate in Community Development (GradCertCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (GradDipEnv)
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Master of Food Security
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
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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Dr Peter Devereux
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

e: Peter.Devereux@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Peter Devereux
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

e: Peter.Devereux@murdoch.edu.au
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