Postgraduate Course: Sustainability and Social Responsibility (PG) (EDUA11424)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores sustainability and social responsibility through a holistic multidisciplinary approach. A range of political, social, scientific, and environmental perspectives will be examined, critiqued and considered in relationship to the current global challenges or wicked problems facing humanity. This online course will include reflection, group working and discussion.
During this course a range of topics will be covered including, for example: environmental systems, interdisciplinarity, systems thinking, values into action, complexity, and wicked problems.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 48,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Part A ¿ Blogs 1-7 (20%)
Weekly blog posts (individual task)
(Addresses LO1, LO2. LO3)
Part B ¿ Blog 8 (40%)
Written Assignment (individual) (max. 1500 words) Critically reflecting on the course material and the individual and group assessment process consider how your individual knowledge and understanding of sustainability and social responsibility has developed during the course. Development could relate to challenges and troubling moments, aspects of intellectual growth and clarity of thought or, perhaps, consolidation and affirmation of previous knowledge.
(Addresses LO1, LO4, LO5)
Interdisciplinary group project (small group task) (40%)
(Addresses LO3, LO4, LO5)
||The assignments are discussed with students in the on-line Collaborate tutorials, both before and after the assignment due date. Students are provided with formative guidance on each, and the first assignment has a built-in feedback loop where the students learn from and then are able to adjust parameters to calculate and review their 'footprint'. The three tasks also build sequentially on each previous assessment and feedback is provided before the next assignment is due for submission.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and critically analyse the concepts of sustainability and social responsibility and the role of interdisciplinary approaches in solving pressing global challenges.
- Critically evaluate common sustainability metrics, interpreting their relative merits and weaknesses.
- Apply knowledge and understanding of sustainability measures in practice to critically evaluate and analyse their own behaviours.
- Understand, analyse and reflect upon issues related to sustainability and social responsibility, and the importance of adapting approaches to suit specific contexts and communities.
- Critically evaluate conventional approaches to resource consumption, and analyse how personal values and societal systems can act as drivers for transformative change towards new approaches.
|There are extensive readings and resources built into the on-line course as both core materials and extensions.|
There is one core text:
Scott, W. & Vare, P. (2018) The World We'll Leave Behind. (available as an ebook)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On completion of the course students will be able to:
recognise, engage with and address social responsibility and sustainability issues and related ethical dilemmas, applying their own/organisational values to situations and choices.
seek personal and academic learning in order to contribute positively, ethically and respectfully to the world around them.
demonstrate a critical and discerning understanding of theories of sustainability and social responsibility in relation to an increasingly complex and uncertain planetary future.
undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of information, ideas, concepts, and issues within sustainability and social responsibility.
use skills associated with conveying complex information, analysis and argument through [group] presentation and written work to develop reasoned perspectives, effective communication, and to engage and communicate with audiences creatively.
|Keywords||Sustainability,Social Responsibility,Natural Resources,Sustainable Development,Interdisciplinar
|Course organiser||Dr Beth Christie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6031
|Course secretary||Miss Malgorzata Litwinska
Tel: (0131 6)51 6363