Sustainability Policy and Management

Subject MULT90004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Approx 140 hours comprising time in class, preparation and assessment.
Total Time Commitment: Approx 140 hours comprising time in class, preparation and assessment.
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Dr Natalie Jamieson, Mr Arnaud Gallois


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview: The subject covers alternative concepts and definitions of sustainable practice; critical appraisal of approaches taken by different disciplines to environmental issues and their identification; the scoping of potential solutions; the evaluation of costs and benefits; and the implementation of solutions. It also raises challenges to sustainability, including the processes that operate at different scales.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students will gain a fundamental appreciation of concepts of sustainability and recognise appropriate (or best) practice ideas in implementing it. The subject covers areas of relevance to all disciplines and is consciously interdisciplinary and reflexive in its orientation.
Assessment: Assessment will involve an individual report (10%), group reports (30%) due after completion of the intensive teaching delivery in the first half of Semester One, and an individual essay assignment of relevance to the student's chosen field (topic selected in consultation with an academic staff member from the course). Word length for the essay is 3-000 - 4,000 words. The essay is usually due in Week 12 of Semester One.
Prescribed Texts: Subject readings will be available for students.
Recommended Texts: N/A
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Independant research on topics relevant to the subject
  • Participate successfully in group work
  • Further develop their critical thinking though readings, class discussions, collaboration and assessment
  • Further develop analytical approaches to sustainability and environmental management
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Master of Urban Planning
Master of Urban Planning
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Climate Change
Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Studies
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Governance, Policy and Communication
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Public Health
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Forests
Waste Management

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