Courses & Units

Engaging with Sustainability XBR101

This unit is being phased out and may not be offered next year, please consider your study plan accordingly. You will be able to enrol in the unit where there is an availability noted below.


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.


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 focussed 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.


Unit name Engaging with Sustainability
Unit code XBR101
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

Graham Wood

Teaching staff

Graham Wood, Aidan Davison, Allen Hill, Sandra Murray, Belinda Williams

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


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Teaching Pattern

Fully online (MyLO based delivery: 13 weeks)


1500 word essay (30%),  Group project 30%, Learning Journal (40%)

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Thiele (2013) Sustainability, Cambridge: Polity Press

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