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 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 will 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. Articulate 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. Interpret theoretical propositions to commentate upon examples which illustrate how communities are responding to the challenges of living sustainably;  
  3. Innovate using social media and other technology to enhance sustainability action and networking;  
  4. Adapt and implement knowledge of community sustainability to issues and opportunities for action in a practical arena, using good practice engagement principles for sustainability approaches; and  
  5. Investigate and analyse or evaluate small-scale community sustainability initiatives.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Class presentation / Written report on references. Introducing readings, preparing discussion points and leaning exercises. (1000 words) 30%
Assignment Option 1: Set out project management plans using co-management strategies. Option 2: Essay on a topic of contemporary environmental issue(4000 words) 70%

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