SLE715 - Circular Economy


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour lecture per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 1 hour scheduled online lecture per week, 1 x 1 hour scheduled online seminar per week.


The unit will examine current systems of production and consumption and waste and recycling of a broad range of resources and industry sectors based on a linear model, and then determine what actions are needed to change to a circular model for those resources and sectors. This will involve the identification of the types of resources that we are consuming along with the extent that they are being consumed. This will then drive discussions on alternate, more sustainable actions and what is needed to achieve the necessary change. The applicability of tools such as the Butterfly Diagram and United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Circularity Diagram will be discussed to understand how these can be used as a vehicle for change. The role of Policy and how jurisdiction and industry have achieved change in a local and global context will also be examined to enable students to evaluate the transformational levers for achieving circularity. Other issues to be addressed are the concepts of technology innovation, greenwashing, lifestyle and consumption, and how environmental accounting tools such as life cycle assessment can be used to evaluate options.

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