Courses & Units

Planning and Managing for Sustainable Systems KGA514


Attendance at the back to back 2-day charette and 1-day student conference is a compulsory requirement for both on-campus and distance students.


This unit develops an understanding of how instruments of power and organisation can be shaped through effective planning and management, to foster sustainable systems of production and consumption. We begin our journey by examining the concept and interpretations of sustainable systems, the challenges facing socio-ecological sustainability (with a political ecology lens) and their implications on planning and management professions. With this context set, we study the components, instruments and approaches through a typical management cycle, with emphasis on the role of regulatory, economic and voluntary instruments and their implementation through governance structures and processes. We use this background to critically analyse a range of production and consumption systems to formulate adaptive solutions. Key themes include the roles of information and community engagement, responses to natural hazards, and working with natural capital. The unit uses advances in cognitive sciences, systems studies and resilience thinking in our understanding of production and consumption systems and identifying leverage points for improving sustainability at varying spatial and temporal scales. A mid-semester workshop provides a platform for collaborative experiential learning through case and problem-based exercises.


Unit name Planning and Managing for Sustainable Systems
Unit code KGA514
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Land & Food
Discipline Geography and Spatial Science
Coordinator Mr V Prahalad
Teaching staff

Mr V Prahalad, guest speakers

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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2 050999

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Teaching Pattern

On-campus students: interactive lectures and workshops (4 hours per week over 13 weeks); 2-day charette and 1-day student conference. Distance education students: on-line learning resources, 2-day charette and 1-day student conference.


4,000 word essay (40%), student conference - presentation (20%), charrette (scenario exercise) participation and presentation (20%), class participation (20%).

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