FOUNDATIONS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - 2021/2
Module code: ENGM064
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21.
These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/coronavirus/course-changes. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional specific information relating to your chosen programme.
Prior to registering online, you must read this general information and all relevant additional programme specific information. By completing online registration, you acknowledge that you have read such content, and accept all such changes.
This module provides an introduction to the core concepts, policy challenges and ethical issues in Sustainable Development. It is aimed at a wide range of students and provides a grounding in sustainability ideas and issues that is self-contained but also prepares students for getting the best from the complementary module on Sustainable Development Applications.
Centre for Environment & Sustainability
CHRISTIE Ian (CES)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: H220
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- the nature of development
- history of sustainable development ideas
- the Brundtland Report
- the Sustainability Equation
- the Planetary Boundaries framework for SD
- values and the ethical dimensions of sustainable development
- social dimensions of SD and environmentalism
- sustainable consumption challenges
- SD and biodiversity
- contested issues in defining and decision-making for SD
- case studies in ethical and political controversies raised by SD
- political economy of SD
- critiques of SD
- analysis of key texts and discussion of films offering case studies
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
For failed submissions, repeat of assignment using different subject selected from supplied list
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate analytical, critical thinking and writing skills and subject knowledge and interest. The assignments offer opportunities to write in different formats and lengths.
The pre- and post-module assignments are designed to build upon the topics covered in the module and give the students a chance to explore them in a context that they are especially interested in.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Pre-module individual critical review in blog format (maximum 1000 words) on an topic arising from pre-module readings (25%)
- Post-module individual written assignment (maximum 3000 words) from a supplied list of essay topics (75%)
Feedback from the pre-module assignment will help students with their post-module assignment.
Sessions at the start and end of the module will cover – in part – the module assignment. Students will submit their work via Surrey Learn.
Detailed feedback is given in the marking process, including suggestions on improvements in grammar, style and structure.
- This course introduces the foundational concepts of Sustainable Development. The module will build on the introductory sessions already successfully offered in the current SD week. The aim is to provide a rich understanding of the history, politics, ethics and scientific foundations of SD that will inspire interest in deeper study. We also aim to equip students to discuss and research complex conceptual and practical challenges in the integration of SD ideas in organisations, policies and projects.
|1||Understand the basic principles of sustainable development||KC|
|2||Make sense of current arguments and debates on sustainable development||KC|
|3||Understand the fundamental ethical and political issues raised by sustainable development challenges and concepts||KCP|
|4||Understand and discuss major criticisms levelled at the idea of SD||KCP|
|5||Engage in debates about the definition, analysis and prospects for realisation of sustainable development||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 40
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
The module is designed to provide an introduction to sustainable development, including an awareness of fundamental issues arising in the evolution of the concept, such as its scientific and ethical dimensions, plus the political economy of SD, critiques of sustainability and international and national policies. The module is geared towards theory, history of SD and fundamental challenges that need to be understood and faced in applications of SD in practice. Guest speakers from the public, private and ‘Third’ sectors have been engaged to talk about some of the basic ethical, political and conceptual issues that they have dealt with in making sustainability a reality in their own organisations and projects.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- SurreyLearn-based pre-readings
- Lectures from module team and various guest lecturers from the public, private and civil society sectors.
- Films and follow-up discussions
- Discussion groups based on particular challenges and dilemmas
- Post course study linked to main assessment
35 hours contact time in the module week (Monday to Friday)
Pre-module work = 30 hours
Post-module assignment = 85 hours
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for FOUNDATIONS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm064
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.