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ENVI5903: Sustainable Development

2024 unit information

This unit of study constitutes an international field-based experience held in Southeast Asia during the July semester break. It explores the contested notions of sustainable development and sustainability through exposure to real world development dilemmas in Southeast Asia. We explore fundamental issues such as urbanization, sustainable livelihood, resource scarcity and globalization. The unit of study involves lectures, in-situ readings and discussion groups, introduction to field methods, stakeholder meetings and experiential learning. Students interested in this unit should confirm their interest to the Unit Coordinator by February of the year the field school will be held. There will be additional costs associated with this unit to cover food, accommodation, local transport and field assistance of about $800. Students will also be required to arrange their own international travel to the starting point (in 2024, this will be Semarang in Indonesia).

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Geosciences Academic Operations

Code ENVI5903
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Apply expert theoretical knowledge and an integrated understanding of environmental and social science to interpret current sustainability challenges.
  • LO2. Demonstrate creativity and initiative when addressing the challenges of sustainable development.
  • LO3. Work effectively and responsibly in an individual context and within interdisciplinary and cross-cultural teams.
  • LO4. Develop field-based skills of data collection and observation to inform policy and programmatic interventions.
  • LO5. Interpret the significance and scope of ethical principles and apply these principles in exploring environmental, social and development challenges.
  • LO6. Interpret and effectively communicate evidence-based solutions to the challenges of sustainable development in written and oral modes of communication to diverse audiences.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive June 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive July 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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Additional advice

This unit of study involves additional costs.