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Sustainability Governance and Leadership (MULT90004)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMULT90004
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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.

Generic skills

  • 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

Last updated: 21 August 2019