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Introduction to Sustainability

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Craig Hutton
Academic year

Module overview

GGES6019 is a multidisciplinary unit designed for students with an interest in sustainable development, sustainability, green growth, complex socio-ecological systems, and resilient development. Over the term we will explore the key issues and debates around sustainability, and undertake practical work to develop students’ skills in interpreting and evaluating the multiple sustainability values and perspectives. This module will provide students with a firm grounding in the relationship between sustainability and the core concepts of justice, ethics and wellbeing, integrated modelling processes, conservation and ecology, economic growth and development, politics and governance, technology, tools/frameworks, and resilience. The module will consider both past examples of sustainable development as well as current and emerging challenges relating to sustainability.

Seminars will run in parallel with lectures with typically a double slot seminar following on from a lecture. In the seminars

we will review and apply theories and concepts in real world contexts, working in small groups. This will be delivered through case studies and practical and discursive work.

Toward the end of the course, which is completed prior to the Christmas break, there will be lectures and seminars provided by sustainability practitioners in order to provide some practical insights to the skills required for consultancy and research proposal development.