Course Title: Sustainability, Governance and Social Change

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainability, Governance and Social Change

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1169

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013

ENVI1169

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

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

ENVI1200

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

ENVI1200

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Susie Moloney

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2885

Course Coordinator Email: susie.moloney@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Nil


Course Description

The principles and goals of sustainability pervade governance policies and strategies at all levels of public and private sectors. However, the meanings of sustainability remain contested and the challenges in progressing change are significant. This course critically engages with the concepts and debates around sustainability and how different actors have responded. It will particularly examine the processes by which social change has been pursued in a range of contexts. The course will focus on how we might assess and (re) design strategies and interventions to increase the priority given to sustainability issues in our cities, regions, communities, workplaces and homes.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

 Course learning outcomes [CLO]:

CLO1: Critically engage with the principles and debates related to sustainability.

CLO2: Analyse approaches to understanding social change in the context of sustainability.

CLO3: Understand and assess a range of governance strategies and interventions required to enable social change.

CLO4: Design a strategy for social change to address a particular sustainability challenge.

 


This course delivers the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments in urban planning, policy and management, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and your scholarly and professional practice
  2. Apply a range of communication and management skills to engage effectively in interdisciplinary teams and with diverse stakeholder groups in a range of contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice
  3. Critically analyse and reflect on the interplay of economic, political, social, cultural and ecological factors in urban planning and apply to your scholarly and professional practice
  4. Effectively argue and advocate for a preferred set of policy outcomes to help address urban and environmental planning, policy and management challenges


Overview of Learning Activities

The course has two main aspects. First, both providing and directing students to sources of information about sustainability and change strategies. Second, to provide experiences about the development and application of change strategies. For the former a range of approaches will be used, including formal presentations (including from guests) and discussions of information sources and content. Tutorials will be used to explore the material and relate it to case studies. In both lectures and tutorials, the learning activities will be shaped and informed by contemporary issues, debates and practices.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in the reading of academic literature on sustainability debates including urban and social sustainability. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Recommended learning resources for each weekly topic will mostly include journal articles and web resources but you will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes, including your critical engagement with literature associated with sustainability and change strategies, and your design of practical strategies for social change. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

There are four main items of assessment: 1) Participation in tutorials/online discussion forums on Blackboard which is an opportunity to clarify issues, raise questions, discuss or challenge ideas and better engage with the course materials (15%)[CLO1]; 2) A written analysis of 1250 words focused on sustainability concepts and debates (25%) [CLO2]; 3) Critical reflection piece of 500 words on Sustainable Development (15%) [CLO3]; and 4) Development of a sustainability strategy to affect social change with examples in 2000-2500 words (45%) [CLO4].

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.

A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

 Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca