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SD1003 Sustainable Development: Towards Alternative Futures

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2014/5
SCQF Level 7
Planned timetable:9.00 am Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri

Sustainable development offers an approach to envisage alternative futures through the theoretical development of different paradigms and the practical application of such theories. This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to different perspectives of sustainable development and to discuss its application at local, national and global levels. The module is taught collaboratively by staff from across the University (e.g. Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Finance, Geography and Geosciences, International Relations, Management, Mathematics and Statistics and Medicine). It builds on some of the material from SD1001 but also can be taken as a stand-alone module. Students will explore themes such as climate change and responses; sound science, knowledge and learning for sustainable development; responding to the freshwater crisis; environmental economics; and governance for sustainable development. Cross-cutting themes will be identified and discussed and linkages will be developed across the module.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Either SD1001 or SD1003 is compulsory for Sustainable Development

UG Anti-requisite(s):SD1002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 lectures and 1 seminar ( x 11 weeks), 5 x 1-hour tutorials, 1 x 1-hour essay seminars during the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 50
  • Guided independent study: 150

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:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr R M White
Module teaching staff:Team taught