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The course explores the meaning, challenges and opportunities of sustainability, through a multi-disciplinary approach, including elements from education, politics, international relations, sociology, philosophy and biology. We explore competing definitions of sustainability; the impact of personal, technological and economic actions and decisions on the environment; political strategies designed to improve sustainability; the emergence of international cooperation; and the roles and responsibilities of world citizens. Global and local case studies are used to illustrate the interconnectedness of the issues involved e.g. climate change, food systems, energy, and economic development.
|First Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Through an analysis of various relevant case studies the course will cover a broad range of issues with respect to the three key areas of environment, economics and society. Substantive topics include: • Conceptualising sustainability • Introduction to the (local and global) ecosystem • Science and other ‘ways of knowing’ the world • Sustainability science as a new paradigm • Environmental ethics and philosophy • Legislative debates • Consumption and risk • Becoming a global citizen • The Politics of Sustainability
This course is only available to students registered in Programme Years 1 and 2.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
The summative assessment will be in three parts undertaken at approximately 4, 8 and 12 weeks. The first element will be an on-line short answer exercise based on the first four weeks of the course. The second will be a peer reviewed assessment of group project work. Students will produce a video which will be reviewed by other groups using feedback sheets and collated to provide an assessment of the group project. This will be moderated by a tutor report.
This will take the form of on-line quizzes and on-going discussion during workshop sessions.
Summative feedback: The on-line exercise will provide automatic feedback; the group project work will be provided through peer feedback and the final project report will be in the form of written feedback from the tutor. Formative feedback will be provided through automatic feedback using on-line quizzes and a combination of oral and written feedback arising from workshop sessions.