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GD312 - Realising Sustainable Development

  • Module code: GD312
  • Module name: Realising Sustainable Development
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This practical, interdisciplinary module is designed to provide a bridge between the theoretical knowledge of sustainability principles and techniques, and the application of this knowledge to ‘real world’ situations and applications. This is accomplished by engaging students in small-scale, community-based projects, within the University campus and its locality, concentrating upon interventions within the natural and built environment. Using student’s enthusiasm for enacting real change, the module focusses upon a number of local challenge themes, including biodiversity, education and housing, where they will work collectively to diagnose problems and generate ideas for more sustainable approaches. These practical projects provide opportunities for partnering and working alongside a range of stakeholders including sustainability professionals, volunteers and government officials throughout the implementation process, and in doing so gaining hands-on experience within these sectors. Supported by a range of practitioner-led workshops, it is envisaged that students will identify potential co-benefits to address the local ‘problem spaces’ of global sustainable development. This practical focus allows the students to form an appreciation of the complexities inherent in implementation, including the diversity of perspectives on key issues and thus potential trade-offs necessary. The module will stimulate student’s creativity, vision and reflexivity.

Principal learning outcomes

Communicate a nuanced understanding of the different local and national policies relating to sustainability practice; Demonstrate critical engagement with the complexities and trade-offs of development implementation; Demonstrate practical skills and understanding of local sustainability challenges; Design and implement sophisticated auditing and assessment techniques for sustainable development; Research and articulate the connection between the natural and built environment, and their implications for individuals and communities, for a range of audiences; Engage creatively with the possibilities of transforming society through GSD; Introduce a range of potential perspectives for realising sustainable development, and in doing so identify potential co-benefits and collaborative solutions to local problems; Introduce potential career paths and real-world stakeholders; Design and demonstrate the potential for enacting transformative change.

Timetabled teaching activities

5 x 2 practical classes/workshops in Term 1 10 x 2 hour seminars in Term 1 5 x 2 hour supervised sessions in workshop/studio in Term 1

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Other essential notes

Available at 15 CATS only as an option for final year Global Sustainable Development students.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD312-15)
A (Assessed work only) Participation in Activities 10%
  Group Assessment Presentation 30%
  Individual Research Report (1500 words) 20%
  Individual Proposal Presentation 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core