Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the guiding principles of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their application within organisations - public, private and not-for-profit. Students are able to document an organisational strategic plan that addresses specific targets and formulates appropriate metrics to verify the impact of the goals.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 3 - 2022


  • Trimester 3 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the development of the UN SDGs and their function in guiding development activities

2. Analyse and explain the relationship between goals, targets and indicators within the UN SDG framework

3. Develop and apply a range of UN SDGs as part of the strategic plan for an organisation, connecting organisational goals to those of the 2030 Development Agenda


  • Historical development of the sustainable development domain including precursor frameworks (eg, UN MillenniumĀ Development Goals)
  • ParallelĀ development frameworks that impact upon the UN SDGs (eg, New Urban Agenda, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction)
  • Implications for municipal governments including development controls, urban planning mechanisms and resilient development principles
  • implications for private sector organisations including zero carbon production, corporate social responsibility and triple bottom line value chain management
  • Implications for non-government organisations including social justice, social enterprise and community engagement
  • The UN SDGs, targetsĀ and indicators across a range of organisations found within society.

Assessment items

Presentation: Principles of the UN SDGs: Initial briefing to board

Report: Organisational Outline Strategy

Report: Organisational Final Strategy

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.