|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Sustainability Governance & Leadership (SGL) is one of two core subjects for the Master of Environment course, and is designed to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to succeed as a sustainability leader in a world of complex challenges and global change. This subject provides you with a strong foundation in interdisciplinary understanding of critical concepts and issues, and how they relate to policy, management, leadership, and governance in a range of contexts and across different scales and sectors. You will learn to anticipate and envision environmental change, and design and implement strategic plans to manage impacts or create positive pathways.
Exploring the broad agenda of sustainable development, SGL considers concepts and principles fundamental to the understanding of interdependent human-nature systems, including ecology and biodiversity, social justice and equity, technology, and issues of global change. SGL covers:
- Different perspectives on sustainability;
- Global and local environmental challenges, including for water, energy, food, and human communities in relation their natural and built environments;
- Vulnerability and resilience in complex social-ecological systems;
- The processes of policy design and implementation in these areas;
- The economics of sustainability, and the role of business and innovation in building a sustainable future; and
- Recurring management, governance, and leadership issues for achieving environmental sustainability.
SGL includes extensive use of scenario-based learning and simulation activities.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will have developed a critical and interdisciplinary understanding of the conceptual and practical dimensions of sustainability as they apply to a range of different scales and contexts and their implications for governance and leadership. Students will have extended their capacities for leadership and understanding of governance through the further development of their skills of analysis, interpretation, communication, collaboration, problem-solving and decision-making appropriate to the field of environmental sustainability.
- Independent research on topics relevant to the subject
- Participate successfully in group work
- Further develop their critical thinking though readings, class discussions, collaboration and assessment
- Further develop analytical approaches to sustainability and environmental governance and leadership
- Further develop skills of visual, verbal and written communication
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- an individual written task of about 1,200 words due shortly after the third week of classes (20%),
- a group verbal, visual and written report - the written report to be a combined total of about 3,000 words (approx 750 words each) due shortly after the last week of classes (30%),
- an individual research essay of about 3,000 words due before the end of semester (40%); and
- a class participation component including leading of tutorial discussions and engagement in scenario activities (10%)
Dates & times
Principal coordinator Sebastian Thomas Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Six days of classes. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 3 March 2017 to 7 April 2017 Last self-enrol date 10 March 2017 Census date 24 March 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 28 April 2017 Assessment period ends 26 May 2017
March contact information
Principal coordinator Sebastian Thomas Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Six days of classes. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 27 July 2017 to 7 September 2017 Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017 Census date 18 August 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 22 September 2017 Assessment period ends 22 October 2017
July contact information
Time commitment details
Approximately 170 hours comprising time in class, preparation and assessments. The subject is taught over six Fridays (8:30am – 4:30pm) at the beginning of each semester with follow up assignment work.
Additional delivery details
Intensive. The subject is taught over six Fridays (8:30am – 4:30pm) at the beginning of each semester with follow up assignment work.
Note: In the March MULT90004 is taught in Weeks 1-6. In July MULT90004 is taught in Weeks 1-4, 6, and 7 (no classes in Week 5).
Recommended texts and other resources
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following: