Courses & Units

Planning and Managing for Sustainable Systems KGA514



Attendance at the back to back 2-day charette and 1-day student conference is a compulsory requirement for both on-campus and distance students.


This unit develops an understanding of how instruments of power and organisation can be shaped through effective planning and management, to foster sustainable systems of production and consumption. We begin our journey by examining the concept and interpretations of sustainable systems, the challenges facing socio-ecological sustainability (with a political ecology lens) and their implications on planning and management professions. With this context set, we study the components, instruments and approaches through a typical management cycle, with emphasis on the role of regulatory, economic and voluntary instruments and their implementation through governance structures and processes. We use this background to critically analyse a range of production and consumption systems to formulate adaptive solutions. Key themes include the roles of information and community engagement, responses to natural hazards, and working with natural capital. The unit uses advances in cognitive sciences, systems studies and resilience thinking in our understanding of production and consumption systems and identifying leverage points for sustainability transformations at varying spatial and temporal scales. A mid-semester workshop provides a platform for collaborative experiential learning through case and problem-based exercises.


Unit name Planning and Managing for Sustainable Systems
Unit code KGA514
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Dr V Prahalad

Teaching staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $1,987.00 $1,987.00 not applicable $5,566.00

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Teaching Pattern

On-campus students: interactive lectures and workshops (4 hours per week over 13 weeks); 2-day charette and 1-day student conference. Distance education students: on-line learning resources, 2-day charette and 1-day student conference.


4,000 word essay (40%), student conference - presentation (20%), charrette (scenario exercise) participation and presentation (20%), class participation (20%).

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