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IP201 - Sustainability: Frameworks, Challenges and Opportunities

  • Module code: IP201
  • Module name: Sustainability: Frameworks, Challenges and Opportunities
  • Department: Liberal Arts
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to provide students with in-depth and holistic study of the topical issue of Sustainability using a multi-disciplinary PBL approach. Students examine a number of dimensions of sustainability, viewed from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and acquire a detailed evidence-based understanding of current controversies, debates and theories. In addition to an understanding of the factors inherent in a broad definition of sustainability, students will be encouraged to explore feasible policy approaches to address the most pressing issues, and to have an awareness of the barriers to effective policymaking in the sustainability sphere. The problems explored throughout this module revolve around questions of defining and understanding sustainability, the challenges of measuring and assessing it, opportunities and limitations in individual action, issues in business and globalisation, and the sustainability of population and society.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to: Demonstrate advanced cognitive skills such as critical analysis, source-text analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods and communication skills Utilise meta-cognitive skills developed through problem-based learning such as planning how to approach a learning task, identifying the appropriate strategies to solve a problem, monitoring their own comprehension, self-assessing and self-correcting, and becoming aware of their own learning, strengths, and weaknesses Demonstrate both knowledge and understanding of the challenges inherent in conceptualising and defining sustainability in a holistic sense (including contextual, ethical, political), and the skills required to deal with such complexity (such as systems thinking) Interpret and critically respond to sustainability-related issues through subject-specific knowledge relating to measures used to assess sustainability (and their limitations), the role of businesses and the relationship between economic growth and sustainability, the debates around population growth, and the tension between urban and rural development Articulate their own individual framework for narrating and explaining sustainability

Timetabled teaching activities

20 x 2-hour workshops 4 x film screenings

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Other essential notes

Core module for second year Liberal Arts. Not available to students outside of Liberal Arts

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: IP201-30)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Response Paper (2000 words) 20%
  Group Presentation (Term 1) 7.5%
  Critical Response (2000 words) 20%
  Group Presentation (Term 2) 7.5%
  Portfolio of Blog Entries 5%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 40%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Liberal Arts (LA99) - Year 2
Optional Core