Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Marketing
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Joanne McGregor


This unit prepares students to work in a new marketing environment where new products and services that tackle environmental degradation and social inequity are endowing firms with enduring competitive advantage. It examines the core principles of sustainability from both micro-marketing (consumer, firm) and macro-marketing (society, economy) perspectives and equips students with thinking tools to develop sustainable marketing strategies for private and public firms.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand key concepts of environmental sustainability from the standpoint of businesses (e.g. triple bottom line)
  2. understand how the concepts of marketing and sustainability inter-relate (e.g. sustainable products, pricing for sustainability)
  3. demonstrate and apply key sustainable marketing concepts, and build skills to do so in the longer term in organisations (e.g. life cycle analysis)
  4. make connections of sustainable marketing with other disciplines and everyday life (e.g. biodegradable product packaging)
  5. reflect on one's personal learning, and crystallise personal sustainability attitudes and behaviours.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester


Students must have passed six graduate units or 36 credit points including one of the following units: MKX5461, MKX9160, MKX9550 or MBA9006 before undertaking this unit.