Understanding sustainability

Course Description


In our increasingly complex world of change and uncertainty, particularly in the context of climate change, the notion of sustainability is often raised as the key issue for decision making in the 21st century. But sustainability is itself a contentious term and often used in misguided ways depending on the context of use. This course introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision making amongst stakeholders with different, often contrasting, perspectives on sustainable development in order to generate purposeful action to improve situations of change and uncertainty.


After studying this course, you should be able to:

- Engage with the domain of sustainable development

- Contextualise any experience in the domain of sustainable development

- Critically read, interpret and analyse some accounts of environmental, development and sustainable development issues and situations

- Identify systems of interest in some sustainable development situations

- Identify types of hierarchy that are meaningful in the domain of sustainable development.

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