Sustainable Development Applications
This module can be taken as standalone or as part of building up to a certificate, diploma or master’s degree. You can take up to three standalone modules before deciding whether you want to work towards any of these.
If you do decide to build up to a qualification, then you will need to complete and pass the following amount of modules within a five year period: four modules for a certificate; eight modules for a diploma; eight modules and a dissertation for a degree. Please note that certain modules will be compulsory depending on the degree you opt to take.
This module provides an introduction to sustainable development for people primarily concerned with industrial ecology.
It can also offer a consolidation and deepening of understanding for those focusing on sustainable development and corporate environmental management, who have taken the Foundations of Sustainable Development module.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Understand the basic issues in implementing and managing sustainable development
- Understand challenges and emerging solutions in public and private sector organisations
- Understand issues in the integration of sustainable development in national and local development policies and plans
- Engage in debates about the practical implementation and management of sustainable development policies and plans in business and governance.
Content includes the following:
- Summary of foundational issues in sustainable development: Origins, Brundtland, I=PAT equation, sustainable development strategies and contested ideas
- Measuring sustainable development (Indicators, sustainable livelihood approach, remote sensing)
- Sustainable production and consumption: Sustainable development in relation to industrial ecology, concept and practice of the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) in fishery management
- Case studies of sustainable development challenges, policies and management in mining, production of consumer goods, retailing, finance, health services
- Case studies of sustainable development and sustainable livelihood approach in the global south
- Case study of sustainable development communications
- Communication and leadership issues in management for sustainable development
- Issues in implementation of sustainable development policies
- Analysis of key texts and discussion of films offering case studies.
Learning and teaching methods
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Pre-course study involving the analysis of a sustainability report
- Lectures from module team and various guest lecturers from the public, private and ‘third’ sectors
- Group exercises
- Audio and video presentations.
- A 1,000 word individual critical review of a corporate sustainability report or similar document from a public agency, prior to starting the module
- A 3,000 word essay from a list of supplied topics, to be completed over the four-week period following this module.
Please note: If you are taking this as a standalone module, then you are not required to complete the 3,000 word post-module essay, however, this will mean that you won't gain any credits for completing the module and so won't be able to work towards a qualification if you later decide to do so.
You will be required to do some reading prior to the module starting, take a look at the reading list.
There are no entry requirements if you are taking this as a standalone module.
For those wanting to build up to a qualification please refer to the MSc course pages for entry requirements.
Fees and funding
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How to apply
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