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ADS717 - Sustainability and Development

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:M Kelly



For students who commenced prior to 2014: Nil

For students who commenced from 2014: ADS701 for students enrolled in courses A511, A611 or A727

Incompatible with:



This unit is offered as a cloud (online) unit in CloudDeakin. Students will undertake online exercises, case studies, debates (using technology-based mediums) and student-led discussions. Students should undertake a minimum of 10 hours self-directed study per week.


This unit consists of an enhanced CloudDeakin experience that engages with the issues of sustainability in development contexts.  The unit will explore the discourse of sustainability and how this is understood, thoerised and practiced in development programs and projects.  The unit will interrogate the importance of sustainability across policy and practice and the significance of working closely with affected communiteis in order to achieve sustainable outcomes that are meaningful to the people concerned. The key issue of cross cultural competency and engagement will be explored through the use of simulation exercises and case studies and how this can and has influenced outcomes in development.  Concepts such as complexity theory, sustainable development and ecological understandings will engage students in a critical debate on sustainability across diferent development contexts.


Essay 1: 1500 words, 30%

Essay 2: 1500 words, 30%

Case study analysis: 2000 words, 40%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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