Course Title: Sustainability, Governance and Social Change

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainability, Governance and Social Change

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

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 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

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: Professor Libby Porter

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3585

Course Coordinator Email: libby.porter@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


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. In this course you will critically engage with the concepts and debates around sustainability and how different actors have responded. In particular, you will examine the processes by which social change has been pursued in a range of contexts. Through this course you 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

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Critically engage with the principles and debates related to sustainability. 
  2. Analyse approaches to understanding social change in the context of sustainability. 
  3. Understand and assess a range of governance strategies and interventions required to enable social change. 
  4. Design a strategy for social change to address a particular sustainability challenge. 


Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, workshops, guest presentations, field visits, 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 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. Analysis of sustainability concepts and debates (25%) (individual task linked to CLO 1 and 2) 
  2. Social change strategy project (45%) (individual task linked to CLO 3 and 4) 
  3. Reflective reading and facilitated discussion (30%) 

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

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