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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Sustainability
Module Code GY111
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Darren Clarke
Semester 2: Darren Clarke
Autumn: Darren Clarke
Module TeachersSusan Hegarty
Gerry O'Reilly
Grania Shanahan
Darren Clarke
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Access to clean water, nutritious food and reliable power and transportation systems are basic human needs. Currently however, many of these resources are managed unsustainably and humans are living beyond Earth’s regenerative capacity. Students will analyse what sustainability means and how it can be assessed in relation to renewable resources, non-renewable resources and pollution using specific aspects of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for understanding environmental sustainability.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the science and principles of sustainability and environmental sustainability
2. Explore key concepts, terminology and tools used to analyse sustainability and transformative change
3. Identify how sustainability and transformative change is achieved across all aspects of society, including in business, schools, universities and our lives
4. Analyse the interconnected nature of sustainability concerns, governmental objectives and strategic business goals
5. Reflect on actions in your own life to contribute to environmental sustainability and how this might influence change at different spatial and temporal scales

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Scheduled lectures / seminars and practicals
Assignment Completion6Sustainability Simulation sprint Completion of sustainability simulation sprint event
Independent Study160Independent reading, expansion on in-class material, completion of practical exercises, exam study
Total Workload: 190

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Theme of sustainability
Introduction to broader theme of sustainability (society, environment and economy) and interrelationship between these.

Key concepts
Key concepts and terminology used in the field of environmental sustainability.

case studies
Analyse real-world case studies exploring sustainability.

Methods used to address environmental sustainability issues such as agriculture and food production, air pollution, water resources, transportation, urbanisation and waste management and recycling.

Future of environmental sustainability.

Individual/Business/Government responsibility towards environmentally sustainability.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestPre-sustainability simulation in-class activities/exercises. Students will complete a number of small activities to develop skills and knowledge for simulation assignment20%As required
AssignmentPost-sustainability simulation assignment Students will complete a 1 day sustainability simulation related to SDGs (Games4Sustainability) after which they will complete a written assignment examining the trade-offs policymakers face when trying to meet SDGs40%As required
PortfolioE-portfolio Students will develop and complete an e-portfolio highlighting the skills learned/challenges encountered during a personal sustainability challenge they engage with over a 30-day period. They will be required to link learnings from this activity to academic literature on transformative change and promotion of sustainability at larger spatial scales and vice versa.40%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    BCESClimate & Environmental Sustainability

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