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Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Development 2a: Perspectives on Sustainable Development (SCIL08009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryYEAR 1 STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO SIGN UP TO THIS COURSE -Any students taking a degree in Sustainable Development or thinking about transferring into the Sustainable Development degree must take Sustainable Development 1A in their first year and Sustainable Development 2A in their second year.

This course provides an multidisciplinary examination of the key issues surrounding, and strategies for achieving, sustainable development. Organised around a series of core sustainability issues (for example, food security, climate change, waste, consumption, energy) the course explores how different perspectives (ecological modernisation, practices approaches, ecofeminism, environmental justice etc.) provide different interpretations and possible courses of action. Students will examine the sustainability of current social and political practices as well as the opportunities for change (on the local to global level).
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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:  None
Course Start Semester 2
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)
and two hour examination (60% of total mark).
Students must pass the examination to pass the course
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the key sustainable development issues and challenges;
  2. Evaluate various disciplinary perspectives on these topics;
  3. Critically appraise the socio-political barriers to and opportunities for sustainable development;
  4. Demonstrate research and analytical and presentation skills.
Reading List
Preliminary readings
Diamond, J (2005) Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive London: Penguin
Dresner, S. (2008) The Principles of Sustainability London: Earthscan.
Jackson, T. (2010) Prosperity Without Growth London: Earthscan.
Smart, B (2010) Consumer Society: Critical Issues and Environmental Consequences
Students will receive a course guide with extensive readings under each lecture theme. Electronic resources will be used where available.

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Course organiserDr Rachel Howell
Tel: (0131 6)51 1384
Course secretaryMiss Emma Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3932
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