The key focus of this unit is to prepare and empower participants to work with communities in a variety of contexts to achieve effective student learning and action for environmental sustainability. The unit covers the range of key sustainability issues important for communities, at local and international levels, including reducing environmental impacts on water, waste management, greenhouse gas production and biodiversity. Students will learn the most up-to-date methods for engaging communities to achieve productive, equitable and effective change for sustainability. Further, the unit emphasises developing appropriate approaches to community sustainability, given the diversity of contexts and challenges and interconnections between community development issues. Students may engage in a practical community and sustainability project or a critical investigation of a project aiming to assess how holistically it considered issues of sustainability.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Advocate a multi-dimensional definition of what community sustainability is and why and how it is important to a particular group and its wider community;  
  2. Commentate upon how communities are responding to the challenges of living sustainably using theoretical propositions;  
  3. Devise ways of using social media and other technology to enhance sustainability action and networking;  
  4. Interpret knowledge of community sustainability to issues and opportunities for action in a practical arena, using good practice engagement principles for sustainability approaches; and  
  5. Critically review small-scale community sustainability initiatives.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Using 3 slides argue the case for an environmental policy change in 3 minutes 20%
Presentation Group presentation with individual written report 30%
Assignment Option 1: Develop a project management plan. Option 2: Essay or Report on a contemporary environmental topic. 50%

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