Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Development 1a: Introducing Sustainable Development (SCIL08008)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Sustainable 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.
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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||*Non-assessed, but compulsory, class work
*1500 word essay (40% of total mark)
*Take Home Exam (60%)
Students must pass the examination to pass the course.
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the history of the concept of "sustainable development", and the key principles upon which the concept is built.
- Critically appraise the ways in which sustainable development is applied, assessed and measured.
- Appreciate the key insights and contributions from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainable development
- Situate themselves in Sustainable Development related debates and develop their own stance
- Use basic analytical and presentation skills.
|Dresner, S. 2008. The Principles of Sustainability (second edition) London: Earthscan. (e-book) |
Guillen-Royo, M. 2016. Sustainability and Wellbeing: Human-Scale Development in Practice. London: Routledge. (e-book)
Jackson, T. 2017. Prosperity without growth: foundations for the economy of tomorrow 2nd ed., London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. (e-book)
Klein, N. 2015. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. Penguin. (not an e-book through the library but currently less than £10 in Blackwellæs)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Isabelle Darmon
Tel: (0131 6)51 1574
|Course secretary||Miss Abby Gleave
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337