Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Development 2a: Perspectives on Sustainable Development (SCIL08009)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||YEAR 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).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||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)
and 'open book' take-home exam (60% of total mark).
Students must pass the examination to pass the course
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of the key sustainable development issues and challenges;
- Evaluate various disciplinary perspectives on these topics;
- Critically appraise the socio-political barriers to and opportunities for sustainable development;
- Demonstrate research and analytical and presentation skills.
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Lynn Jamieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4002
|Course secretary||Miss Abby Gleave
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337