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SD2002 Sustainable Development: Social and Economic Aspects

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2013/4
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:1.00 pm (lectures), 10.00 am and 11.00 am Wed, 10.00 am Thu (seminars/tutorials)

This interdisciplinary module explores a broad range of issues concerning social justice and development which are associated with sustainable development. It is taught collaboratively by staff from the Schools of Geography & Geosciences, Management, History, and Philosophical, Anthropological & Film Studies. There are four central themes explored in the module: Part A: Values, philosophy and history of sustainability and development considers worldviews and assumptions behind sustainable development; the history of ecology and empire; and the rise of environmental consciousness. Part B: Policy, decision making and governance explores the role of the state; and practical environmental planning and management, including EIAs and SEAs. Part C: Markets and institutions focuses on the corporation and the role of business organizations in managing for sustainable development, including topics such as ethical investment and corporate reporting. Part D: Development, cultures and social justice focuses on the role of culture in SD by presenting ethnographic case studies from across the world that discuss the impact of development projects on indigenous peoples; gender; and the (cultural) impact of mining. Examples from around the world are used to illustrate the above. Assessments for this module include a social accounting exercise, a poster presentation and a seminar on a topic of the student's choice.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Sustainable Development

UG Pre-requisite(s):SD2001

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 lectures, 1 seminar and 1 tutorial.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 56
  • Guided independent study: 244

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 20%
  • Coursework: 30%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr R M White
Module teaching staff: