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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 you with in-depth study of a topical issue, Sustainability, using a multi-disciplinary PBL approach. You examine 4 controversial problems using a variety of disciplinary approaches, and acquire a detailed understand of current debates and theories. The problems explored revolve around questions of how to define sustainability, the challenges of measuring and assessing it, the difficulties inherent in governing and managing sustainability, and the uncertainty around globalisation, growth and environmental change.

Principal learning outcomes

◾By the end of the module, you will have acquired advanced cognitive skills such as critical analysis, source-text analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods and communication skills. ◾In addition, by engaging in the multidisciplinary PBL approach you acquire meta-cognitive skills 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, becoming aware of their own learning styles and identifying their strengths and weaknesses. ◾You acquire subject-knowledge on the issue of sustainability, and will be expected to articulate: ◦an advanced understanding of the challenges inherent in defining sustainability (contextual, ethical, political…); ◦a detailed, evidence-based, understanding of the measures used to assess sustainability and their limitations; ◦an in-depth understanding of the relationship between economic growth and sustainability; ◦a critical response to the debates around population growth and sustainability; ◦a developed and well-informed response to the tension between urban and rural development; ◦your own individual framework for narrating and explaining sustainability.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 2-hour workshop per week

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: IP201-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Response Paper (2000 words) 15%
  Group Presentation (Term 1) 15%
  Critical Response (2000 words) 20%
  Group Presentation (Term 2) 15%
  Portfolio of Blog Entries 5%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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