Sustainable development is defined by the United Nations as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Sustainable development is the concern for both the present and the future inhabitants of the planet as a whole. This course will explain what sustainable development is and how the ecological, economic and social aspects of sustainable development overlap. The course also explains how systems practise can help manage complexity in the area of sustainable development and you will examine case studies which look at aspects of sustainable development in China and Scotland. This course will be of great interest to professionals who work in the areas of international development, sustainability or environmental science, to students who are pursuing a career in the areas of international development and sustainability, and to anyone with an interest in the ecological, economic and social aspects of sustainable development.
Modules in Practising Sustainable Development
This module explains sustainability and sustainable development. It 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.
Systems thinking: managing sustainability is about systems practice and managing complexity in the domain of sustainable development. It introduces many examples from practitioners and you will be using systems ideas, and methods, for engaging with and developing your understanding of managing complexity.
Access to safe, clean and sustainable energy supplies is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity during the twenty-first century. This module will survey the world’s present energy systems and their sustainability problems, together with some of the possible solutions to those problems and how these might emerge in practice.
This module will introduce you to a number of different aspects of sustainability that impact on Scotland and the wider world. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in a sustainable future in the context of contemporary Scottish society. You will also be introduced to the waste practices and waste management processes currently being practiced in China.
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