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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE2M18
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: JACKSON TD Prof (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment



Continuous assessment

Analysis and report


Module Overview
Module Aims
The aims of the sustainable development module are:
·         to explore the ethical, social, technical and economic dimensions of sustainable development
·         to discuss and compare different ways of conceptualising and operationalising sustainable development
·         to explore impact of sustainable devleopment on the behaviour of organisations, individuals and nation states
·         to examine the implications of sustainable development for governance and policy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will:
·       be familiar with the historical roots of sustainable development and its operationalisation in UK and international policy
·       understand the core principles of sustainable development and be able to analyse the application of these principles to industry, commerce, professions, government and society;
·       be familiar with the concepts of sustainable consumption and production, sustainable economy and sustainable lifestyles and understand their relevance in UK and international policy;
·       be familiar with the ethical, institutional and philosophical dimensions of sustainable development;
·       be able to formulate their own approach to complex decision-making in relation to sustainability. 
Module Content
·         The history, definitions and principles of sustainable developmentincluding the Brundtland report and the UK Sustainable Development Strategy (2005)
·         The concept of environmental limits and its application to resource extraction and environmental emissions; concepts of ecological footprint, carbon footprint, and environmental space.
·         Sustainable production: concepts of: clean technology, preventive environmental management, dematerialisation, systems of provision, supply chains and international trade.
·         Sustainable consumption: patterns and levels of consumption, social and psychological underpinnings of lifestyles and practices.
·         Sustainable wellbeing: the relationship between consumption and wellbeing; human needs, capabilities and functionings; consumption growth and economic sustainability; society, culture and the ‘good life’.
·         Social justice, environmental inequality and the intragenerational and inter-generational dimensions of sustainability.
·         Values for sustainability: the ethics of ‘living well’ in the context of environmental limits.
·         Case studies in decision making for sustainable development.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Thecourse will combine lecture sessions, audio-visual materials, group exercises and facilitated small-group discussions on specific topics tailored to the interests of participants.

Selected Texts/Journals
Carley, M and Christie, I 2000. Managing Sustainable Development. London: Earthscan.
Defra (2005) Securing the Future – UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy. London: Dept of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Online at:
Dresner, S (2002) The Principles of Sustainability. London: Earthscan.
Jackson, T (2006) Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Consumption. London: Earthscan.
Jackson, T (1996) Material Concerns – pollution profit and quality of life. London: Routledge.
Kalof & Satterfield eds (2005) The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values. London:Earthscan.
Perdan, S (2004). Introduction to Sustainable Development in Azapagic, A., Perdan, S. and Clift, R.(eds) (2004) Sustainable Development in Practice. Chichester: Wiley & Sons.
Rogers, P, Jalal, K and Boyd, J 2007. An Introduction to Sustainable Development. London: Earthscan.
WCED 1987. Our Common Future. Report of the Brundtland Commission on Environment and Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Last Updated

29 April 2008