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Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Development 1a: Introducing Sustainable Development (SCIL08008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySustainable Development 1A: Introducing Sustainable Development addresses the central problems facing us in the twenty-first century, which concern access to water, food, energy, shelter, as well as justice, in the context of a destabilising climate and degradation of environmental resources. The course debates principles, concepts, contexts, issues and applications of sustainable development from the perspective of different disciplines, and helps students situate themselves in these debates as well as reflect on their own stance.
Course description Open to all students, the course starts with a short history of the principles and background to the concept of "sustainable development", and proceeds to draw on insights from economic history and sociology, politics and international relations, social anthropology and human geography, to unravel the multiple issues and interpretations of sustainability, its politics, and its relevance. Students will learn to think critically about what sustainability means and how it can be applied. Students will be encouraged to examine from the lens of sustainability the challenges that contemporary societies are being confronted with from global to local levels. They will also be able to evaluate the changes that capitalist and industrial development and technological advancement have brought about to living patterns and the environment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  184
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 165 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) *Non-assessed, but compulsory, class work
*1500 word essay (40% of total mark)
*two hour examination (60% of total mark).
Students must pass the examination to pass the course.
Feedback Students receive formative feedback on their mid-term essay within 3 weeks of the submission date, and also feedback on the end-of-term exam. They are welcome to discuss feedback with their tutorial tutor, personal tutor or the course organiser.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate their knowledge of the history of the concept of "sustainable development", and the key principles upon which the concept is built.
  2. Critically appraise the ways in which sustainable development is applied, assessed and measured.
  3. Appreciate the key insights and contributions from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainable development
  4. Situate themselves in Sustainable Development related debates and develop their own stance
  5. Use basic analytical and presentation skills.
Reading List
Preliminary readings

Dresner, S. (2008) The Principles of Sustainability London: Earthscan.

Jackson, T. (2010) Prosperity Without Growth London: Earthscan.

Students will receive a course guide with extensive readings under each lecture theme. Electronic resources will be used where available.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSustainable Development
Course organiserDr Isabelle Darmon
Tel: (0131 6)51 1574
Course secretaryMiss Emma Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3932
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