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 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Neave

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2512

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11

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 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 addition to providing specific knowledge on current environmental issues, this course also contributes to the development of generic graduate attributes, or skills that prepare graduates for employment and lifelong learning. The RMIT attributes most relevant to this course include being: Environmentally aware and responsible; Work ready; An active and lifelong learner; and Innovative.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this 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 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

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of principles and practices in natural resource management, sustainability, globalisation and environmental management to professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge related to the social implications of environmental concerns and challenges both in Australia and globally
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with environmental management and associated policies and programs

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 tutorials 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 weekly materials to maximise your learning. The tutorials 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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be provided with online readings and will have access to a course online learning site.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is designed to enable you to:

  • interpret and engage in current debates about certain environmental sustainability issues;
  • communicate your understanding of environmental sustainability to a broad (both academic and non-academic) audience.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against program learning outcomes. Assessment types may include written research reports, oral presentations, written and verbal reflections and other non-academic presentation types. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions and through both individual and group feedback.