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SD4114   Society, Sustainable Consumption and Implementing Change

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Both

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: Lectures - Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Practicals - Thursday 11:00 - 13:00

This module focuses on the social theories and accounts of choice, change, and stability that are gaining increasing attention in sustainable consumption debates. Research and policy in sustainable consumption is largely dominated by techno-economic thinking which overlooks social organisation of some of the more ordinary aspects of everyday life that are fundamental determinants of an individual's environmental impact. As well as considering how societies manage essential but ordinary forms of consumption, the module also expects students to design, implement and reflect on an intervention to make their local community more sustainable. This module will challenge students to think about the complexity of steering everyday life to be more sustainable.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass SD2002 and pass SD2001

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: One 1-hour lecture (x10 weeks), One 2-hour seminar (x9 weeks), One 2-hour group presentation session (x1 week)

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 275

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 60%, 2-hour Written Examination = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 60%

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


Module coordinator: Dr K S Ellsworth-Krebs
Module teaching staff: Dr K Ellsworth-Krebs