POLI 2019


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course


This class has not been
timetabled for year 2024.

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Course owner

Course aim

This course provides an integrated overview of sustainable development from a global perspective, with the aim of conceptualizing how sustainable development can be achieved in government, business and society. Students are introduced to the global and national debates and will examine the origins, scientific evidence, issues, policies, political and legal processes, as well as, the obstacles to achieving sustainable development. The interdisciplinary approach highlights the need for a balance between the environmental, economic and social dimensions (“the three pillars”) of sustainable development through an analysis of the indicators, trends and changing patterns of consumption, production and distribution of resources. Case studies demonstrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development and how they might be incorporated in national and international development projects.

Course content

Economic development has, in recent times, been achieved at the expense of degraded natural systems, diminished resources, changes to the climate, loss of biodiversity and increased health risks from pollution. Sustainable Development (SD) is a key challenge for the present generation so that its needs can be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The solutions are complex and will require coordinated interaction by governments, local communities, business, institutions and non-governmental organizations. SD thus requires a systematic focus on environmental protection, stewardship of resources, achieving business models for shared economic benefit, working with communities and households to support social progress
and a change of attitude, awareness, behaviour and lifestyle. The syllabus for this course will critically review the plethora of SD definitions and associated key concepts (intergenerational equity, the growth paradigm, the closed loop cycle, precautionary principle); compare the movement toward sustainability in different world regions and countries,; and analyse the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development. ; International examples.on globalisation (communications, international trade), poverty alleviation (foreign aid, women’s empowerment), economic measures of progress and SD indicators, urban and local food production, and resource use (industrialisation, pollution, climate change) provide insight into );); goals and strategies for sustainable development, the roles of public and private enterprises, and professional and social responsibilities.




Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
ENVT 1013 Environment, Society and Climate



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 2 hours x 12 weeks
Tutorial 2 hours x 12 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Essay, Examination, Group presentation


EFTSL*: 0.125
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