Courses & Units

Change Agents for Sustainability KGA301


Sustainability is one of the most complex and important challenges facing humanity today. In this final capstone unit for the Sustainability Major (or advanced third year units for students outside of the Major), you will apply knowledge and skills developed throughout your degree to complex sustainability challenges. In this unit you will identify opportunities for diverse groups of people in diverse places to transition towards sustainability. You will be guided by an interdisciplinary teaching team with expertise in life sciences, social sciences, and business. By applying environmental, economic, and social insights and tools related to social change, reflecting on the knowledge and value systems held by yourself and others, and working with peers to identify and design practical interventions to sustainability challenges in specific settings, you will advocate for practical responses to sustainability challenges to diverse audiences. You will explore diverse case studies from Tasmania and around the world and take account of Indigenous perspectives. The team-based problem solving, active citizenry, and targeted communication practiced in this unit will develop your capability to act as change agents for sustainability.


Unit name Change Agents for Sustainability
Unit code KGA301
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Tasmanian School of Business and Economics|Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Associate Professor Aidan Davison
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the roles, values, and perspectives of diverse change agents in sustainability transitions, drawing upon interdisciplinary approaches, diverse knowledge systems, and critical self-reflection
  • Collaboratively design, plan and present an intervention to advance sustainability transitions in a specific social setting.
  • Communicate persuasively and ethically as individuals and teams through diverse means and to diverse audiences as an advocate for sustainability transitions.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

Online delivery 2023. Weekly pattern: 1 hour of MyLO material including video recordings + 2 hour online workshop (synchronous) each week. In addition there are up to 2 hours of required reading each week.

AssessmentMapping a sustainability challenge (20%)|Discussion (30%)|Sustainability Transition Plan (50%)
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