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MN4238 Sustainable Development and Management

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module examines the origin of the concept of sustainable development in public policy discourses with particular focus on the implications this concept has for the operation of business organisations. The module will examine the difficulties of applying notions of sustainable development to single organisations as well as the challenges which conventional economic systems present to sustainable development. The module will examine the theory and practice of managing for sustainable development, drawing on examples which are found in business. In addition, selected topics in managing for sustainable development will be examined.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Management degrees, Management Science. Optional for Sustainable Development.

UG Pre-requisite(s):EITHER both MN2001 and MN2002 OR SD2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 lectures (x 10 weeks) and 1 tutorial (x 9 weeks), and 2 optional consultative hours (x 10 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 29
  • Guided independent study: 171

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr S Russell
Module teaching staff:Team taught