Courses & Units

Change Agents for Sustainability KGA301

This unit forms the capstone of the Sustainability Major that can be completed in the BSc or in any other undergraduate degree that provides general elective space. It can also be taken as a stand-alone elective.


The most complex and important challenges facing societies today bring together concerns about environmental, political, economic, and cultural sustainability. Guided by an interdisciplinary teaching team with expertise in life sciences, social sciences, and business, you will explore ways that you and others can act as agents of change for sustainability. You will work individually and in collaborative teams to analyse root problems, develop feasible action plans, and communicate about sustainability transitions to target audiences. Acknowledging the essential importance of just and democratic action to achieving sustainability, you will take account of Indigenous perspectives, diverse values, social power, and your own positioning. Global sustainability challenges will be grounded in diverse contexts from Tasmania and around the world. Drawing inspiration from the stories of other change agents, you will be empowered to advocate and catalyse practical change through organisational, professional, civic, and personal action. This unit forms the capstone of the Sustainability Major that can be completed in the BSc or in any other undergraduate degree that provides elective space. It can also be taken as a stand-alone elective. 


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


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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

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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 practices of sustainability change agents by critically integrating environmental, political, cultural, and economic knowledge in diverse settings and across scales.
  • Analyse a global sustainability challenge and design a sustainability transition plan, individually and in teams, to guide diverse change agents in a specific context.
  • Communicate persuasively, ethically, and reflectively through varied means, individually and in teams, to advocate for sustainability transitions.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $3,068.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly pattern: 1 hour MyLO material including video recordings (asynchronous) + 1 hour online seminar (synchronous or asynchronous) + 1 hour group work (synchronous or asynchronous).

AssessmentAT2: Mapping a sustainability challenge (20%)|AT1: Discussion (30%)|AT3: Sustainability Transition Plan (50%)
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