- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Richard Baines
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 60 hours
- Teaching period
- October – January Wednesdays 9:00-12:00
This module sets the scene for studies on sustainable development through the introduction of the principles and concepts and their application to rural development issues. Institutional definitions are explored along with a critical analysis of models and indicators of development. These are then used to evaluate a series of completed and open-ended case studies from around the world. Specific areas of interaction between human demands and resource utilisation are explored especially in relation to resource utilisation for primary and secondary industries and the demands made by human settlements and infrastructure.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Understand and explain the core concepts related to sustainable development in practice.
- Identify and evaluate the strengths and limitations of existing and proposed project actions and a range of institutional structures (international to local).
- Develop an argument based on the principles and concepts of sustainable development.
|Coursework||1 x programme team case study||10%|
|Coursework||1 x individual case study analysis and presentation||30%|
|Coursework||1x ethics argument||10%|
|Examination||1 x 2 hour seen exam||40%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Therivel et al. (1992). Strategic Environmental Assessment. Earthscan.
- Gilg, A.W. (1996). Countryside Planning. Routledge.
- HMSO (1994). Sustainable Development: The UK Strategy.
- Harris, J. (2001). A Survey of Sustainable Development: Social and Economic Dimensions.
- OECD (2001). OECD Environmental Indicators: Towards Sustainable Development. OECD.
- Farrington, J., Chapman, R. and Slaymaker, T. (2001). Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches in Practice: Potentials and Constraints. Overseas Development Institute online
- Gallager, K. and Werksman, J. (2002). The Earthscan Reader on International Trade and Sustainable Development. Earthscan Publications.
- World Bank (2003). World Development Report 2003: Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World - Transforming Institutions, Growth and Quality of Life. Oxford Univerity Press.
- UNEP (2002). Industry as a Partner for Sustainable Development: 10 Years after Rio - the UNEP Assessment/United Nations Environment Programme. UNEP.
- World Review: Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (selected journal for individual research module).
- Journal of Environmental Planning and Law (JPEL).
- Journal of Environment and Development.