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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE1610 Introduction to Creating Sustainable Futures

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr. Vasiliki Kioupi

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE1112Sustainable Development

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This is an online (web based) module with opportunities for in person work in groups that is delivered using innovative films, audio clips, interactive tools and text through the VLE with supporting tutorials each week. The module identifies issues and solutions from a changing World influenced by environmental problems (such as climate change), social issues (such as increasing population) and economic factors (such as increasing wealth gaps). This module will prepare you by giving you knowledge of sustainability issues and the career skills to influence future change. There is exciting group work with students across the University with ‘real life' projects on campus. Topics you will cover include:1. Environmental issues such as climate change, chemical pollution, renewable materials and low energy buildings. 2. Social issues such as child labour, poverty, human development and wellbeing. 3. Economic issues such as corruption, living wage, ethical investment and micro finance. 4. Career skills such as multi-disciplinary approach, systems thinking, evidence-based decision-making, stakeholder & participatory approaches, scenario planning and managing change.


To introduce students to topics available in Discovery modules in the ‘Creating sustainable futures’ Discovery Theme. Provide a general overview of sustainability knowledge and skills as well as case studies from across the University campus. Enable students to work on projects that can contribute to enhance sustainability on campus. Designed to be suitable for any student studying at the University of Leeds.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
On completion of this module, students will:
1. Develop their knowledge of environmental, social and economic issues facing society.
2. Develop their knowledge of the potential solutions to sustainability problems.
3. Develop their knowledge of the career skills for creating sustainable futures.
4. Develop their appreciation for multidisciplinary work through working in groups.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Collaboration, communication and participation
6. Critical thinking and reflective writing
7. Problem solving & analytical skills
8. Systems thinking/participatory approaches
9. Future thinking/scenario planning
10. Strategic practice
11. Evidence-based decision-making


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours54.00
Private study hours36.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:
1. Completion of the short activities in the online material.
2. Engagement in discussion topics
2. Participation in the group work sessions.
3. Participation in the group work project.
4. Completion of the group work project .
5. Student groups will be able to submit a short preview of their group project for formative feedback, before their final report submission

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

This course requires independent study of Minerva learning units, engagement with activities throughout these units available on Pebble Pad and analysis of case studies. Students will also be given opportunities to contribute to discission topics for each learning unit so they can apply and reflect on their learning. If students fail the group project report, they need to take a resit MCQ test only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/04/2024


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