Course Title: Sustainable Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Futures

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Neave

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2512

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 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 promote transformative change and that you can apply within households, communities and workplaces. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of principles and practice of natural resource policy, 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; 
  • Work effectively and productively with others in a range of roles in a variety of professional and social contexts; 
  • Assist in the identification of needs, and the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in environmental and social sustainability. 

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. interpret and engage with current sustainability debates across a range of scales from personal to global;
  2. critically reflect on the diverse and sometimes competing perspectives of sustainability;
  3. discuss how global initiatives, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), engage with and drive sustainability agendas;
  4. identify the potential for professional and personal participation in sustainability agendas. 

Overview of Learning Activities

 You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, guest presentations, group discussion, and group and individual research. 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.  

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

Assessment Tasks:  

        1. Representing sustainability task (30%) (Linked to CLO 1 and 4) 

        2. Investigating sustainable development task (30%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2 and 3)  

        3. Professional sustainability communication task (40%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2 and 4)  

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 Manager or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.  

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.