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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5282M Introduction to Sustainability

Module manager: Dr Georgiana Allison
Email: g.allison@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

The module is a pre-sessional intending to refresh student’s knowledge of key topics prior to the start of teaching.

Module replaces

SOEE5281M

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is elective and non-assessed, primarily designed to introduce post-graduate students to ‘Sustainability’ as a contested term, as well as providing some core knowledge surrounding its history and real-world application to apply and develop as you study your other modules at Leeds. The module will be delivered over two weeks before teaching begins in semester one and the majority of content can be worked through in your own time. There will be a live webinar at the start and at the end of the module which will talk through the activities and facilitate group discussion.

Objectives

Primarily designed to introduce post-graduate students to ‘Sustainability’ as a contested term, as well as providing some core knowledge surrounding its history and real-world application to apply and develop as you study your other modules at Leeds.

Learning outcomes
1. Develop skills in critical analysis to examine different arguments, perspectives and the history of sustainability.
2. Acquire knowledge and understanding on concepts and approaches used within the sustainability discipline.


Syllabus

The module content is structured around five topics:
1) What is sustainability?
2) The wicked problem of sustainability
3) Weak and strong sustainability
4) Sustainability and organisations
5) Wrap-up and next steps

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar21.002.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours10.00
Total Contact hours2.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)22.00

Private study

The module is 100% online learning with guided weekly reading and activities.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The optional activities will be monitored with comments made on each student’s post. Students will also be encouraged to comment on each other’s posts.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 08/09/2022

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