FOUNDATIONS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - 2017/8
Module code: ENGM064
Centre for Environment & Sustainability
CHRISTIE IP Mr (CES)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 40
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
For failed submissions, repeat of assignment using different subject selected from supplied list
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module provides an introduction to the core concepts, policy challenges and ethical issues in Sustainable Development. It is aimed at a wide range of students and provides a grounding in sustainability ideas and issues that is self-contained but also prepares students for getting the best from the complementary module on Sustainable Development Applications.
This course introduces the foundational concepts of Sustainable Development. The module will build on the introductory sessions already successfully offered in the current SD week. The aim is to provide a rich understanding of the history, politics, ethics and scientific foundations of SD that will inspire interest in deeper study. We also aim to equip students to discuss and research complex conceptual and practical challenges in the integration of SD ideas in organisations, policies and projects.
|Understand the basic principles of sustainable development||KC|
|Make sense of current arguments and debates on sustainable development||KC|
|Understand the fundamental ethical and political issues raised by sustainable development challenges and concepts||KCP|
|Understand and discuss major criticisms levelled at the idea of SD||KCP|
|Engage in debates about the definition, analysis and prospects for realisation of sustainable development||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
the nature of development
history of sustainable development ideas
the Brundtland Report
the Sustainability Equation
the Planetary Boundaries framework for SD
values and the ethical dimensions of sustainable development
social dimensions of SD and environmentalism
sustainable consumption challenges
SD and biodiversity
contested issues in defining and decision-making for SD
case studies in ethical and political controversies raised by SD
political economy of SD
critiques of SD
analysis of key texts and discussion of films offering case studies
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
The module is designed to provide an introduction to sustainable development, including an awareness of fundamental issues arising in the evolution of the concept, such as its scientific and ethical dimensions, plus the political economy of SD, critiques of sustainability and international and national policies. The module is geared towards theory, history of SD and fundamental challenges that need to be understood and faced in applications of SD in practice. Guest speakers from the public, private and ‘Third’ sectors have been engaged to talk about some of the basic ethical, political and conceptual issues that they have dealt with in making sustainability a reality in their own organisations and projects.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures from module team and various guest lecturers from the public, private and civil society sectors.
Films and follow-up discussions
Discussion groups based on particular challenges and dilemmas
Post course study linked to main assessment
35 hours contact time in the module week (Monday to Friday)
Pre-module work = 30 hours
Post-module assignment = 85 hours
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate analytical, critical thinking and writing skills and subject knowledge and interest. The assignments offer opportunities to write in different formats and lengths.
The pre- and post-module assignments are designed to build upon the topics covered in the module and give the students a chance to explore them in a context that they are especially interested in.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Pre-module individual critical review in blog format (maximum 1000 words) on an topic arising from pre-module readings (25%)
Post-module individual written assignment (maximum 3000 words) from a supplied list of essay topics (75%)
Feedback from the pre-module assignment will help students with their post-module assignment.
Sessions at the start and end of the module will cover – in part – the module assignment. Students will submit their work via Surrey Learn.
Detailed feedback is given in the marking process, including suggestions on improvements in grammar, style and structure.
Reading list for FOUNDATIONS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm064
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.