ENVR08034 2019 Principles of Sustainability

General Details

Full Title
Principles of Sustainability
Transcript Title
Principles of Sustainability
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Steve Tonry, Declan Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_SENVM_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Management

This module explores the principles of sustainability starting with the Brundtland report and the blueprint for sustainable development across all areas of human activity as outlined in the agenda 21 publication of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. As part of the module students define sustainability and investigate how sustainable development can be promoted at local, regional and national level across different economic sectors e.g. agriculture, energy generation, industry etc. The module explores the EU Sustainable Development Strategy which deals in an integrated way with economic, environmental and social issues. The module introduces current sustainability indicators used to monitor progress to a more sustainable future and how it impacts our current and future generations. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Interrogate the concept of sustainability and its importance to human society


Consider the principles, terminology and main issues of sustainability


Debate issues associated with sustainable development at local, national and international level


Discuss the development and implementation of sustainability indicators to measure progress in achieving sustainable development


Evaluate how to apply the principles of sustainability across all sectors, in particular in the field of environmental management

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part‑time. This will include lectures and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy will focus on helping the learner to apply the theory to typical practical scenarios that may arise in the workplace.

Two Continuous Assessments worth 50% of module marks, 50% for final theory exam.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

The concept of sustainability, sustainable development and its practical implications.

Sustainability and the environmental sciences

The social dimensions of sustainability

Economics, the dismal science and its impact on sustainability

Measuring sustainability

Sustainability indicators on a local, national and international level

The challenges of sustainable development, environment and poverty

National and international sustainable development strategies

Natural resource accounting.

Sustainable natural resource management case studies.

What does a sustainable world look like?

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation on Real World Case Study Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % Week 5 3,4
2 Evaluate the Sustainability Indicators of an Organisation Continuous Assessment Individual Project 30 % Week 10 5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % Week 15 1,2,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Not Specified Presentations / Lectures / Group Work / Site Visits 4.5 Once Per Semester 0.30
Lecture Distance Learning Suite On Line Lectures 2.0 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Research, Reading, Synthesising, Report Writing, Studying 10.0 Weekly 10.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning, Reading List, Current Affairs 1.7 Weekly 1.70
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
An Introduction to Sustainable Development Routledge Perspectives on Development

Recommended Reading
Economic Development : What Everyone Needs to Know Oxford University Press Inc

Recommended Reading
Factfulness : Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Recommended Reading
Doughnut Economics : Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist Cornerstone

Module Resources

Journal Resources

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.

URL Resources

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.

Other Resources

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.

Additional Information