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Undergraduate Course: Sustainability and Social Responsibility (online) (ECSC08009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIMPORTANT: For now this course is being run by the School of Education, but is open to all GeoSciences students. Follow the links below for more information about the undergraduate and postgraduate versions of the course that are available:
Sustainability and Social Responsibility (UG) (EDUA08116):
Sustainability and Social Responsibility (PG) (EDUA11424):

This course explores the concepts of sustainability and social responsibility through a multidisciplinary approach, examining them from a scientific, social, economic, political and artistic viewpoint. This course will investigate the relationship between planetary boundaries, resource consumption and social development, and explore the range of interdisciplinary approaches to address these global challenges. It will also cover the topics of sustainability metrics, personal contributions and sustainable lifestyles, as well as providing an introduction to strategies for stakeholder engagement and communication/education.
Course description Weeks 1-2: Introduction
Weeks 2-5: Planetary boundaries
Week 6: Measuring sustainability
Weeks 7-9: Shaping solutions
Weeks 10-11: Tackling the issues
Week 11: Moving forward
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Guidance for student: Students can take a maximum of 40 credits Level 7 language courses in 1st AND 2nd year (combined)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the concepts of sustainability and social responsibility and the role of interdisciplinary approaches in solving pressing global challenges.
  2. Utilise common metrics used in sustainability to critically evaluate and reflect on their personal contribution, understanding their relative merits and weaknesses, to make well-informed lifestyle choices to affect positive change.
  3. Engage and communicate effectively on issues related to sustainability and social responsibility, whilst understanding the importance of adapting approaches to suit the context and community.
  4. Critically evaluate conventional approaches to resource consumption, and reflect on how personal values and societal systems can act as drivers for transformative change towards new approaches.
  5. Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and enhance their personal learning experience through the use of an online learning environment.
Reading List
Middleton, N. (2013). Global casino: An introduction to environmental issues.

Reay, D. (2006). Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the Two-Way Street of Global Warming.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Independent, self-paced study through topic content with weekly discussion boards and online tutorial sessions.
KeywordsSustainability,Social Responsibility,Natural Resources,Sustainable Development
Course organiserProf David Reay
Tel: (0131 6)50 7722
Course secretaryMiss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 3843
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