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GG5072: SUSTAINABILITY TRANSITIONS - CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES (2022-2023)

Last modified: 08 Jul 2022 12:55


Course Overview

This course will discuss the theoretical (and historical) evolution of the notion of sustainability, discuss various related concepts such as green growth and the green economy, introduce the topic of sustainability transitions as an interdisciplinary issue, explore the theory of sustainability transitions and discuss various technological, political, economic and socio-cultural challenges which transitions to sustainable forms of production and consumption must overcome to be successful. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Piotr Niewiadomski

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This team-taught course offers an introduction to the whole programme and is therefore a core element of the whole MSc Sustainability Transitions curriculum. The course discusses the theoretical (and historical) evolution of the notion of sustainability and various related concepts such as sustainable development, green growth and the green economy, introduces the topic of sustainability transitions as an interdisciplinary issue, explores the theory of sustainability transitions and discusses various technological, political, institutional, economic and socio-cultural challenges which transitions to sustainable forms of production and consumption must overcome to be successful. The course utilises academic literature, grey literature and policy and media reports in order to help students link the theory to successful and unsuccessful real-world examples.

The course has three main intended learning outcomes. On the successful completion of the course students will have acquired a broad, critical and advanced understanding of:

- The theoretical (and historical) evolution of the notion of sustainability and various sustainability-related concepts, including sustainable development, green growth and the green economy,
- Theories of sustainability transitions, their relations to energy transitions, and their various social, economic, political, cultural and institutional aspects and implications,
- Various social, economic, political, cultural and institutional and technological challenges to successful sustainability transitions across a number of scales, sectors and geographical contexts on the basis of real-world examples taken from literature and media reports.

The course offers students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the academic material on the topic and to actively discuss various issues and aspects of sustainability transitions. The course identifies various challenges to sustainability transitions and encourages students to think critically about their origin and creatively identify various possible ways to overcome them.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 34
Assessment Weeks 19,20 Feedback Weeks 24,25

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Feedback

A mark will be provided via MyAberdeen. Verbal feedback will be offered on request.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyA broad understanding of various challenges to successful sustainability transitions across a number of scales, sectors and geographical contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandA broad, critical and advanced understanding of the theoretical and historical evolution of the notion of sustainability and various sustainability-related concepts including sustainable development
ConceptualUnderstandA broad, critical and advanced understanding of the theories of sustainability transitions, their relations to energy transitions and their various aspects and implications.

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 33
Assessment Weeks 14,15 Feedback Weeks 15,16

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Feedback

Feedback and mark will be provided in writing for each group on a standardised feedback sheet. Verbal feedback will be offered on request.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyA broad understanding of various challenges to successful sustainability transitions across a number of scales, sectors and geographical contexts.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 33
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 15

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Feedback

Individually in writing on a standardised feedback sheet.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 34
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 33
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 33
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandA broad, critical and advanced understanding of the theoretical and historical evolution of the notion of sustainability and various sustainability-related concepts including sustainable development
ConceptualApplyA broad understanding of various challenges to successful sustainability transitions across a number of scales, sectors and geographical contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandA broad, critical and advanced understanding of the theories of sustainability transitions, their relations to energy transitions and their various aspects and implications.

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