The Sustainable Society

Course code ENVS2008Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

'Sustainability' has become one of the keywords of the twenty first century. Its influence in environmental and social policy has increased despite a great deal of disagreement over what the concept means. In this course, the definitions and meanings of sustainability, sustainable development and ecologically sustainable development will be identified from key international and national texts and subjected to critical review. In addition, the historical context for sustainability will be examined, including the 'limits to growth' debates in the twentieth century. The ethical components of sustainable development will be examined and applied to the main sectors of society and development. The politics of achieving a sustainable society is studied as part of the understanding of how the goal of sustainability can be achieved. Political thought at national and international levels is historically and critically evaluated.

Not to count with EMGT2020.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Critically examine 'limits to growth' arguments;
2. Apply the insights of environmental philosophy to policy on sustainable development;
3. Understand the concept of 'sustainable development' and its role in environmental and other public policy;
4. Develop their own perspective on what a sustainable society might look like;
5. Evaluate national and international sustainability politics.
ContentPART 1: INTRODUCING THE CONTEXT
What is sustainable development today?
Framing sustainable development: defining concepts, texts & debates
Sustainable development in a global context
The majority world 'speaks back': critiques of sustainable development, sustainable for whom?

PART 2: AUSTRLIA - A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY?
Introducing the national context
Case study - mining
Case study - forestry
Case study - 'Peak Oil'

PART 3: THE POLITICS OF SUSTAINABILITY
The political spectrum
Democracy & green citizenship
Radical activism, environmental movements and the politics of sustainability
Q&A Guest Panel
Replacing Course(s)EMGT2020
TransitionNot to count for credit with EMGT2020.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeENVS1004 or GEOG1020 are recommended.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS2008