Course Title: Sustainable Finance and Investment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Finance and Investment

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Nirav Parikh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1680

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne Campus, Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aligns with the social impact around investment and the focus will be on sustainability issues (Environmental, Social and Governance aspects), which have become financially material to the global capital markets. This course introduces investment principles and assets in financial markets, and discuss how finance is used to achieve social goals and to create long-term values for business and society that is sustainable for all. At the end of this course, you will understand how sustainable finance can be used as a tool to create positive social impacts and enhance the long-term financial value of a business.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Analyse the implications of sustainability challenges on financial systems, including policy formation and financial management practices in private and public businesses. CLO2: Identify and discuss current trends in the area of sustainable finance. CLO3: Articulate strategies and frameworks for responding to financial risk and returns posed by social and sustainability issues. CLO4: Critically analyse the prospects and challenges for growing sustainable investment opportunities. CLO5: Reflect on the role of finance in addressing social and sustainability issues.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various learning activities. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. You have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3:  40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5