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Contemporary media is saturated with images of extreme weather events, hunger, poverty, conflict, pollution, austerity, and financial crisis. Mounting evidence suggests the 21st century will be defined by unprecedented challenges related to environmental instability, economic inequality and risks to social well-being on a global scale. The idea of sustainability has become a focal point in efforts to tackle the root causes of these challenges yet often seems elusive. The meanings of sustainability and implications for action are as hotly contested as they are complex, wide-ranging and value-laden. As a result, this unit brings a wide range of perspectives to bear on questions of sustainability that integrate environmental, social and economic disciplines. The unit will develop your interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability through critical thinking, reflection and evidence-based argument focused on practical case studies drawn from around the world. Unit delivery focuses on dialogue and inquiry between teachers, yourself, and your peers that respects the importance of diverse perspectives. The unit develops skills related to understanding core concepts, synthesising knowledge, communicating with diverse audiences, engaging in constructive debate and becoming more self-aware of what sustainability means and what practices it entails—professionally and personally.

Summary 2021

Unit name Engaging with Sustainability
Unit code HUM111
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Tasmanian School of Business and Economics|Health Sciences|Education|Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr. Graham Wood

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of a range of evidence, debate, and theoretical perspectives related to social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability.
  2. Critically investigate and synthesise theories, practices, arguments, and values that give meaning to sustainability.
  3. Reflect upon and articulate your current understanding of sustainability and constructively engage with the views of others.



Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern


This unit is offered in 'off campus' mode however it does involve synchronous (real time) online interaction. In particular, the Group Project assessment task involves synchronous online interaction among unit participants. So you will be expected to be online at particular pre-arranged times during this semester.


Task 1: Short task, 500 words (10%)

Task 2:  Essay, 1500 words (30%)

Task 3: Group project, 12-15 minute online presentation (30%)

Task 4: Learning Journal, 1500 words (30%)

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