units

ATS2730

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Prof. Alan Petersen

Notes

Previously coded SCY2580

Synopsis

The proposed unit aims to introduce students to a range of ideas and approaches to sustainability - environmental, economic, and social; and, to provide them with a critical sociological frame through which to understand and analyse these approaches. The unit is structured around a series of critical questions such as, what alternative perspectives can be offered on the question of sustainability? What might it mean to create a sustainable society? What kinds of economic, political and social changes would be needed to create such a society? Who wins and who loses from economic and social changes oriented to creating more sustainable societies?

Outcomes

Students successfully completing this subject should be able to:

  1. Identify a range of ideas and approaches to sustainability - environmental, economic, and social
  2. Develop a critical sociological frame through which to understand and analyse these ideas and approaches
  3. Apply sociological perspectives to analysing documents pertaining to sustainability issues.

In addition, third year students will be expected to:
  1. Demonstrate strong analytical skills in analysing the sociological aspects of sustainability issues; and
  2. Demonstrate wide reading and comprehension of the literature pertaining to the sociological aspects of sustainability.

Assessment

Written work (3,500 words, in total): 80%
In-class test (1 hour): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Prof. Alan Petersen

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Sociology
Urban, regional and international development

Prerequisites

A first year sequence in Sociology or permission

Prohibitions

ATS3730