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Course Overview

Six themes that examine how theories related to sustainability are translated into practice are explored through structured in-class activities that challenge you to consider problems and evidence from different perspectives. 

Case studies from tropical forestry, agriculture and biofuels increase your understanding of the complexity of resource management decisions and your awareness of ethical and moral issues embedded in problems that are often framed as scientific or technical. 

Feedback from four short discussion essays will help you to improve your writing skills.

Weekly student-led discussions develop your capacity for attentive exchange, informed argument and reasoning, and skills in facilitating discussion

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Michelle Pinard

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Course Description

The course begins with a focus on biological productivity and then extends to social, economic, and environmental components of sustainability to examine their interdependence. The course will use examples and case studies taken from a variety of systems, including agricultural systems, agroforestry systems, planted and natural forests (managed for timber and non timber forest products), and fresh-water and marine systems. Concepts that are covered in the course include the following: productivity, yield controls, predictive modelling, auditing and measuring sustainability, managing risk and uncertainty, ecological footprints, public engagement and evidence based policy.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three hour exam (30%); continuous assessment (70%). Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during seminar and workshop sessions.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will also be given generic feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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