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SD1000   What is Sustainable Development?

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Tue, Wed, Thu

The module provides an introductory overview to the core societal and environmental challenges of the 21st Century and of the solutions that are a core part of Sustainable Development. Students explore the broad definitions of Sustainable Development (contextualising it in historical and conceptual terms), consider their multiple disciplinary facets and interpretations, and then interrogate critically the different approaches and meanings involved in the SD discourse. Overall, the aim is to foster critical analysis of the principles, practice and plurality of Sustainable Development, and thereby - ultimately - contribute to the evolution of innovative, interdisciplinary thinking and action necessary for moving towards more sustainable futures.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks) 1-hour tutorials (x 5 weeks), 1 x 8-hour fieldwork and 2 further contact hours in total

Scheduled learning hours: 48

Guided independent study hours: 154

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Team taught