Life Sciences

Introduction to Sustainable Development

Module code: C1149
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module aims to provide an understanding of the principles of sustainable development and, in particular, an introduction to the role of science and technology in contributing to key sustainable development challenges.

We explore the origins of the concept of sustainable development and the core ideas that underpin it. We examine the ways in which sustainable development is interpreted by different interest groups, along with the assumptions made and the contradictions that arise. These ideas are illustrated through a series of contemporary case studies that highlight efforts to address sustainable development challenges from the local to international, and examine the role of science and technology within these contexts.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe competing conceptions of sustainable development
  • Recognise the positive and negative roles of science and technology in delivering sustainability
  • Identify key questions that policy processes seeking to deliver sustainability must address
  • To participate in informed discussion of the above topics.