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Introduction to Sustainability Literacy KAA106



In this unit students will be introduced to the concept of sustainability literacy and will apply that concept to their own lives, and the broader world. Having sustainability literacy is having the capacity to recognise what aspects of life are relevant to environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability. The unit will introduce the relationship between scientific knowledge and human values in the context of questions of sustainability, and develop skills in critical thinking and analysis. The unit will develop sustainability literacy by drawing on examples from contemporary society and the lived experience of students in the unit. The purpose of the unit is not to cultivate a particular attitude toward issues relevant to sustainability, but rather, to give students the capacity to critically engage with issues relevant to sustainability. By developing sustainability literacy within students this unit will prepare students to engage with the challenges of sustainability that humanity will face in the future.


Unit name Introduction to Sustainability Literacy
Unit code KAA106
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
College Office - CSE
Discipline Media

Erin Hawley

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1. Describe the challenges of social and environmental sustainability through reflecting on your day to day activities and choices

ILO 2. Explain why some social and environment problems require interdisciplinary forms of critical thinking

ILO 3. Document the impact of a change in your daily life on an identified sustainability indicator



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 050999

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 50 minute lectures weekly


Reflection 20%, Scenario 40%, Infographic 40%

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