School Of Science And Health

Perspectives of Sustainable DevelopmentWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300397.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
EH824A - Environmental Management Core Studies 1, EH833A - Environmental Management

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in the following courses: 3602 - Master of Environmental Management, 3605 - Master of Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management, 3606 - Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management, 3607 - Graduate Certificate in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management

About this Unit
This unit explores the philosophy, policies and practice of sustainable development. In exploring environmental philosophy the unit provides students with an understanding of the nature and emergence of both modern and post-modern paradigms that influence the direction and nature of current development policy. The nature of environmental policy is examined by developing an understanding of how values and attitudes shape a governing ethic about environmental management. The social, political, economic and ecological elements of sustainable development are unfolded to aid students understanding of what needs to be managed. Particular attention is given to those issues confronting developing countries as they move to become industrialised nations yet have high levels of poverty. Finally, the unit introduces the practice of environmental impact assessment as one management tool used in the management process.

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