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Change Agents for Sustainability KGA301


Sustainability is one of the most complex and important challenges facing humanity today. In this final capstone unit, students will use their learnings from throughout the major and apply them to complex sustainability problems to identify relevant stakeholders and negotiate potential interventions. Students will learn about tools of change, reflect on the value systems held by themselves and others, and work together to identify and design practical interventions to sustainability challenges. The teachings will draw on Tasmanian case studies developed through the Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS) and will integrate Indigenous perspectives and case studies. The team-based problem solving, life-wide learning and active citizenry practiced in this unit will help the students develop into sustainability agents of change and strengthen their ability to contribute to practical interventions in diverse settings. Students will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on local sustainability interventions and to consider how these projects work to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Throughout this unit students will apply these SKILLS to develop realistic, industry-specific sustainability transition strategies:
• Broad System Thinking
• Critical self-reflection
• Reconciling and negotiating diverse values to create sustainability transitions
• Collaborative and integrated problem-solving
• Translating sustainability skills to personal sustainability challenges to achieve ‘Life-wide learning’


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
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply systems thinking to describe the multiple dimensions and actors of a sustainability challenge
  • Critically evaluate diverse interventions to a sustainability challenge from evidence, values, and practicality frameworks
  • Collaboratively design a sustainability intervention to create change in a specific social setting
  • Communicate effectively and ethically about varied sustainability solutions for diverse audiences

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 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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AssessmentInfographic (20%)|Design and negotiate a practical sustainability transition pathway: Part 3 (25%)|Report (20%)|Design and negotiate a practical sustainability transition pathway: Part 1 (20%)|Design and negotiate a practical sustainability transition pathway: Part 2 (15%)
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