University of Queensland
Area of Study
Environmental Sustainability, Urban Studies and Planning
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionOur world continues to face difficult and confronting issues relating to our past and present development pathways. This course thus provides foundational knowledge of the principles of sustainable development as a possible way to balance social equity, environmental sustainability and economic needs. This course draws on numerous case studies from around the world to illustrate the complexity of sustainable development issues and and their implicit trade-offs.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hourAssessment SummaryPresentation: 20%Tutorial Participation: 10%Essay: 30%Final Exam: 40%
- Describe the major principles of sustainable development;
- Apply the principles of sustainable development to a range of issues, and propose practical improvements;
- Critically analyse and debate contentious topics in sustainable development;
- Assess the conflicts and tradeoffs inherent in sustainable development;
- Discuss the interests and roles of multiple stakeholders in achieving sustainable development;
- Effectively use verbal and written communication skills to articulate knowledge;
- Source, read and demonstrate an understanding of academic literature in relation to sustainable development issues.
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Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.