FOUNDATIONS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - 2017/8

Module code: ENGM064

Module provider

Centre for Environment & Sustainability

Module Leader

CHRISTIE IP Mr (CES)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

H220

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 40

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRE-READING ASSIGNMENT 25
Coursework WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 75

Alternative Assessment

For failed submissions, repeat of assignment using different subject selected from supplied list

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

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.

Module aims

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.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

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:


SurreyLearn-based pre-readings
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

Assessment Strategy

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%)


Formative assessment

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.

Feedback

Detailed feedback is given in the marking process, including suggestions on improvements in grammar, style and structure. 

Reading list

Reading list for FOUNDATIONS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm064

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Corporate Environmental Management MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Environmental Strategy MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Sustainable Development MSc 1 Compulsory Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

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.