Course Title: Sustainable Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Futures

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Neave

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2512

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.27

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In recent years, the idea of sustainability has moved centre-stage in debates about human futures. In this course you will explore the interactions between society and the environment which must be better managed in order to ensure quality of life well into the future. You will explore interactions between the local and global dimensions of the big sustainability challenges we face and you will also explore interactions between personal and professional dimensions of sustainability practices.

This course will introduce you to a range of key concepts, sustainability principles and techniques that you can apply within households, communities and workplaces.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify key sustainability challenges facing contemporary societies around the globe
  • Use key principles of sustainability to articulate challenges confronting particular households, communities or organisations
  • Reflect on and propose solutions to the interrelated economic, social and environmental dimensions of a sustainability challenge that affects you or your chosen profession

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities in a variety of settings. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and online media. In workshops you will also develop academic skills including analytical reading and academic writing.

You will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials to maximise your learning. The workshops offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience of your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a core textbook and also will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course via myRMIT, including RMIT Library resources. These resources may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against your program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include assignments, practical projects, presentations, essays, examination or tests. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: