2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE5281M Introduction to Sustainability
15 creditsClass Size: 150
Module manager: Dr George Holmes
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
This module is approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe purpose of this module is for students to obtain a well-grounded understanding of theories that explore the interaction between environment, society and the economy, especially as they relate to the concept of sustainable development. The objectives are: 1. To establish the historical context of sustainable development and discuss key ideas, people, institutions, and events. 2. To establish the epistemological/intellectual origins of the concept of sustainability. 3. Establish and evaluate frameworks for understanding sustainable development. 4. Understand basic factors relating to governance that shape the prospects for sustainability, such as property regimes and market forces.
ObjectivesAt the end of this module you should:
1. Be familiar with the historical and intellectual context of sustainable development
2. Be able to define sustainable development and apply it to a range of real-life issues
3. Be aware of and be able to engage critically with key ways of framing and measuring sustainability
4. Be critical of both environmental and anti-environmental rhetoric and concepts
5. Improve your written communication skills
6. Be more confident making and justifying arguments in public
7. Articulate links between society and the environment and use theory to help explain these links.
The syllabus is divided into three parts: i) Defining sustainability, which discusses the history of ideas of sustainability, and different ways of understanding it, ii) conceptualising sustainability, which explores different ways of planning for sustainability and measuring it, and iii) doing sustainability, which is about different tools or concepts which are useful when attempting to create sustainable societies.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||122.00|
|Total Contact hours||28.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private study- 4 hours reading per lecture (40 hours)
- Formative assignment (16 hours)
- Assignment 1 (18 hours)
- Assignment 2 (46 hours).
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Guidance on assignments and academic skills provided during seminars starting in week 1.
Feedback provided on formative assignment in week 6, with supporting seminar.
- Summative feedback in form of two assignments.
> Summative feedback on assignment 1 (group policy brief) and 2 (extended essay) will be marked by academic staff and summative feedback provided to students in the form of formal feedback sheets.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||Formative 1,500 word essay||0.00|
|Written Work||2 page group policy brief (plus references and Appendix)||25.00|
|Essay||2,500 word essay||75.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
The re-sit will be through a single piece of written work.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 26/04/2017
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