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SD1004   Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Tue, Wed, Thu

Building on the introduction and broad overview of Sustainable Development (SD) provided in SD1000, SD1004 offers detailed investigation of a selection of core issues in SD and of how these issues are addressed by key players. Utilising the UN's Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, the module is organised around five thematic clusters: Poverty, inequalities & migration; Health, education & wellbeing; Peace, justice & governance; Climate change & energy; and Biodiversity and ecosystems. These themes are explored from various disciplinary perspectives, explaining: (i) how each theme can be understood and what it entails in practice, (ii) who the key stakeholders are and the nature of their involvement, and (iii) how we can critically analyse the evidence in the context of SD and go beyond conventional paradigms and behavioural patterns. The module also highlights recurring, cross-cutting themes such as values, partnership and diversity as ambitions of SD.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass SD1000

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures (x 10 weeks), 1 tutorial (x 5 weeks) and 4 hours of fieldwork over the semester

Scheduled learning hours: 39

Guided independent study hours: 164

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