Teaching and Learning

The University is committed to producing graduates with an understanding of environmental sustainability issues, both in their own disciplines and as members of society.

The featured courses below are available for undergraduate students to study as electives. Please note that this is a selection only - a full list of sustainability electives is also available.

Science and IT ACFI3007 Accounting and the Sustainability Ethos

This Course takes an interdisciplinary approach in introducing third-year Bachelor of Commerce students to ways of facilitating societal learning about sustainable development in the face of increasing environmental degradation and despite uncertainty inherent in the science of climate change. Students will tease out theoretical constructs that should inform any process of measuring attributes of sustainable performance, and will critically evaluate the usefulness of this information to enable society to embark on a journey of engaging with the sustainability ethos in a responsible manner.

Science and IT EMGT2020 The Sustainable Society

'Sustainability' is a buzzword of the 21st century, but there is little agreement over what it means or how it might be measured. Definitions, meanings and measures of sustainability, sustainable development and ecologically sustainable development will be critically reviewed. Societal processes, politics and policies shape sustainability, particularly in key sectors such as agriculture, mining and energy. Learn what makes a sustainable society.

Science and IT ENVS1020 Environmental Values & Ethics

Destructive attitudes and practices towards the environment are embodied in religions, patriarchy, science and technology and the idealisation of economic growth and progress. Responses in the form of environmental philosophies including stewardship, native ecology, animal liberation, the land ethic, deep ecology, eco-feminism, eco-socialism and the idea of an Australian environmental ethic, are examined. Environmental values and ethics will be useful for students of any discipline.

Engineering and Built Environment GENG1600 Sustainable energy - the Australian setting

What would it take for Australian society to function entirely without fossil fuels? It's often stated that "huge amounts of renewable energy are available" - wind, solar, wave, and so forth. But our current energy consumption is also huge. We need to know how one "huge" compares with the other. We need numbers, not adjectives. This course shows how to estimate the numbers, and what those numbers depend upon.

Education and Arts PHIL3500 Democracy, Economy and Global Warming

A brief overview of the empirical evidence for global warming and climate change is followed by consideration of a range of competing ethical and political approaches to these problems. These include free market and interventionist economic mechanisms for lowering emissions and the role of consumer education and consumer power. Learn about the implications for human rights and freedom and the challenges to our political system and our understanding of democracy.

Education and Arts SOCA3060 Environment and Society

What are the social roots of today’s environmental problems? Were indigenous societies of the past environmentally sustainable, and why do class societies of all periods of history so often run into environmental problems? What reforms are proposed by social movements such as eco-feminism, deep ecology, social ecology and socialist environmentalism? How does the global economy contribute to environmental problems in developing countries? Find the answers in Environment and Society.

Science and IT SRMT1010 Sust.Res.Mgmt: Natural Systems

What are the core concepts that underpin the way in which human activities threaten ecosystems? This course uses examples of the management of forests, rivers, lakes and marine ecosystems of the Central Coast to look at the ecological basis of sustainability. Learn something that will be useful for the rest of your life and allow you to leave a legacy for your children.