School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

Development and SustainabilityWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101572.2

Discipline: SOCIOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 1

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
101338 Peace, Sustainability and World Futures

About this Unit
The unit introduces the basic concepts relating to sustainability and development, and explores their relevance to real-world situation at the local, national, and global levels. The causes of unsustainability as well as their short-term and long-term effects on society and the environment will be evaluated. Students will analyse, using appropriate sustainability indicators and social change theories, a social change initiative (i.e., program, project, policy) designed to integrate the socio-economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainability within the context of a specific developmental focus (e.g. poverty alleviation, gender equality, human/social development, heritage conservation, biodiversity, tourism, green accounting, sustainable livelihoods). Students will engage in problem-based learning skills in order to critically analyse and discuss current issues in development, and provide solutions to sustainability.

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