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Practising Sustainable Development

Environmental Studies
Free Course

Learn about sustainable development in an international context.

  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Publisher

    OpenLearn
Description Outcome Certification View course modules

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.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to: - Discuss measuring sustainability and footprinting; - Discuss global trade in recycling; - Describe the history of fishing in Scotland; - Discuss 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; - describe how current ‘Western’ lifestyles and aspirations lead to increased consumption; - 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; - and appreciate the environmental implications of consumer behaviour.

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