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Practising Sustainable Development


Practising Sustainable Development

Practising Sustainable Development

Sustainable development in an international context.


Students: 1,494
Course Description

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.
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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.

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Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn to: - understand more about measuring sustainability and footprinting; - understand the global trade in recycling; - understand the history of fishing in Scotland; - understand the tensions between nature and culture; - explain and apply the importance of the waste hierarchy to waste management; - realise that economic development changes the nature and amount of waste generated; - consider a case study of unregulated waste dumping and the environmental impacts contrasted with digital waste products (digital dumping); - recognise that informal waste collection systems play important roles in recycling and job creation; - compare and contrast waste output levels for a range of different countries; - understand how current ‘Western’ lifestyles and aspirations lead to increased consumption; - to appreciate how product availability and how product creation also leads to waste and undesired outputs; - explain and illustrate the waste hierarchy and its role in both informal and formal waste management systems; - appreciate the environmental implications of consumer behaviour;


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Module Title
Module 1: What is sustainability?
Module 2: Systems practise in sustainable development
Module 3: Energy and sustainability
Module 4: Case studies in sustainability - China and Scotland
Module 5: Sustainable Development Assessment

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Course Title Practising Sustainable Development
Course # 376
Course Publisher OpenLearn
Course Category 13
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Course Description  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.
License  This course is available from OpenLearn through the following Creative Commons licence:
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Release Date 11 February 2013
   
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Course Duration (Avg Learner) 2-3 Hours
Video/Audio None
Audio Only None
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Assessments Yes
 
Education Level
Age appropriateness 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level Higher High Secondary School
 
Validation Level 5
ALISON Testing Yes
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PDF Download Yes
Parchment Yes
Framed Certification Yes
   
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  • Issah Kalolokesya Malawi Do not get involved in development work without it!!! 2014-12-02 12:12:22
  • Hassan Hersi Farah Somalia I think it will be useful for me in future. 2014-10-06 08:10:41
  • Hassan Hersi Farah Somalia it was good 2014-09-07 20:09:17
  • Hassan Hersi Farah Somalia it was good course which relates my provision of education 2014-09-05 21:09:19
  • Dhruv Dev Dubey India its amazing 2014-04-02 11:04:13
  • Leonard Mathemabe Botswana Course Module: Module 2: Systems practise in sustainable development Course Topic: Tragedy of the commons Comment: The objective of the Programme is to raise awareness of decision-makers on critical social, economic and environmental issues and to better inform them of the practical means and policy options for improving the living environment. It does so by identifying, disseminating and applying lessons learned from Best Practices. 2013-06-07 09:06:11
  • Leonard Mathemabe Botswana Course Module: Module 2: Systems practise in sustainable development Course Topic: Introduction Comment: Sustainability applies to everybody. But everybody applies it differently, by defining and shaping it differently—much as water is edged and shaped by its container. It is conceived in absolute terms but underpinned by a great diversity of relatively “green”—and sometimes contradictory—practices that can each make society only more or less sustainable. In Practicing Sustainability, chefs, poets, music directors, evangelical pastors, skyscraper architects, artists, filmmakers, as well as scientific leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, business executives, policy makers, and the contrarians, shed light on our understanding of sustainability and the role that each of us can play 2013-06-06 15:06:18
  • Moses Shimaboy Diale South Africa Course Module: Module 4: Case studies in sustainability - China and Scotland Course Topic: Understanding waste in China Comment: Most of advance Air Quality Technologies are available to eradicate the matter in general. 2013-06-03 05:06:16
  • Moses Shimaboy Diale South Africa Course Module: Module 4: Case studies in sustainability - China and Scotland Course Topic: Understanding waste in China Comment: Most of advance Air Quality Technologies are available to eradicate the matter in general. 2013-06-03 05:06:56
  • Karim Yusoff China powerful lesson here for aspiring international development activist.. 2013-04-20 14:04:13
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