Delivery of the Unit
The unit is delivered by face to face block mode sessions. The teaching process includes:
- Background reading by the students
- Short presentations to introduce basic concepts.
- Practical workshop sessions to provide opportunities for experiential learning from discussion with other class members (preparation is essential).
- Student presentations of tasks prepared in advance.
- Talks from guest lecturers that convey the practice of sustainability and the ways change is facilitated.
- A field trip to appreciate the practical, technical and sociopolitical aspects of sustainability
- Assignments that require students to practice key skills, including critical and integrative thinking, taking a systems perspective, listening to stakeholders, and communicating through diverse forms including writing and presenting in a logical and clearly argued manner.
- Assignments provide opportunities for presenting in different formats, working with people of different skills and cultural perspectives.
Students are expected to:
- participate in workshop activities in small groups;
- read set readings in advance for classes; and
- follow current developments with regard to sustainable development in the media/ internationally.
Resources to start you off
At the outset students can review the following:
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 The Future We Want, UN http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/ This document is the consensus of aspirations from Rio + 20 intergovernmental meeting on sustainable development UNCSD
The Sustainable Development Goals 2015 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300
NOTE: the UN has a website on sustainable development - a rich source of information. http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/
World Economic Forum 2016 has a number of reports and blogs of interest:
The two following relate to the rising inequality in the world,
Oxfam An economy for the 1%
Blog WEF: Why Equity matters more than you might think
What are the trends which are going to influence sustainable development?
World Economic Forum 2016 Global Risks Report http://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2016
World Economic Forum 2016 Risk and Resilience http://www.weforum.org/reports/global-agenda-council-on-risk-resilience-resilience-insights
World Economic Forum 2016 Intelligent Assets Unlocking the Circular Economy http://www.weforum.org/reports/intelligent-assets-unlocking-the-circular-economy-potential
Dennis H 2013 The world we want to see: perspectives on post-2015 A Christian Aid report September
This document presents the vision for sustainable development from an NGO and has a strong values/ethical/ justice (Christian) viewpoint and highlights where action is needed
KPMG Future State 2030 the global megatrends shaping government
This document provides an easy read that encompasses the major global forces taking shape now that will significantly impact business for government and private sectors
Or you can look at the Australian research on megatrends
CSIRO Our Future World: Global megatrends that will change the way we live http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Partner/Futures/Our-Future-World.aspx
Raskin, P.D Electrix, C. Rosea, R.A. 2010 The century ahead searching for sustainability Sustainability 2:2626-2651
This journal article presents 4 scenarios for the future and looks at various indicators associated with those scenarios. Gives an insight into how sustainable development might be measured - more technically based article
Steffen, W. Persson, A. Deutsch, L. Zalasiewiez, M. Richardson, K, Crumley, C. Crutzen, P. Folke, C. Gordon, L, Molona, M. Ramanathan,, V. Rockstrom, J Scheffer, M. Schellnhuber, H.J. and Svedin, U. 2011 The Anthropocene: From Global Change to Planetary Stewardship AMBIO(2011) 40:739-761
This journal article lays out the human-nature relationship, the pace of change, the scientific basis and calls for action
Rockstrom J. et al 2009 Feature: A safe operating space for humanity Nature 461:24: 472-475 September
This article develops a concept of boundaries in the global system for certain impacts, and propose that these set limits for human development