|School||Cardiff School of Geography and Planning|
|External Subject Code||K450|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Andrew Flynn|
This module provides a theoretical base from which to analyse sustainable development. It examines different theoretical and practical uses of the terms sustainability and sustainable development. The module is organised around three themes. The first theme provides an analysis of the contested nature of sustainable development. The second theme reviews key actors and ideas that contribute to sustainability debates. The third theme examines selected strategies by which more sustainable societies might emerge. It also analyses key issues in the governance of sustainable development.
The module will be delivered by a combination of:
Lectures and seminars are supplemented by Powerpoint presentations (slides will be available in Learning Central) and handouts. Key readings used in teaching sessions will also be available in Learning Central before the session in which they are to be discussed. During seminars you may be required to lead or contribute to a debate/discussion.
Students will be expected to demonstrate skills of critical analysis through an ability to:
identify key issues and relationships;
critically evaluate various approaches—for example, ecological modernisation, bioregionalism to sustainable development, and to distinguish the merits and weaknesses of strong and weak versions of sustainable development;
apply sustainability thinking to a range of policy and thematic contexts.
Students will practice and develop the following:
Data collection skills including qualitative data, data collection and synthesis using databases, web, and other sources
Use language accurately and communicate information efficiently and effectively
Process large quantities of information rapidly
There will be two summative assessments, and this will be supported by weekly formative assessment involving the analysis of key readings.
Critical Review Essay
Theme 1: Sustainable Development: core meanings and contestations
This theme will provide students with an introduction to the module. It will consist of lectures focusing on ‘how development became unsustainable’, the practical value of a contested concept’. Seminars within this theme will focus on sustainability science, and sustainability and cities.
Theme 2: Ideas
The second theme will include lectures on environmental ethics (intra and inter-generational issues), anthropocentrism versus ecocentrism and environmental justice. Seminars which focus on sustainable consumption; utopianism and sustainable development; and nature, culture and science.
Theme 3: Sustainable development: Strategies
This theme will include bioregionalism; the environmental state, economics and the environment; and the governance of sustainable development. It will focus on readings relating to bioregionalism, transition towns, and the challenge of community participation.
Brangwyn, B. and R. Hopkins (2008) ,Transition Initiatives Primer – becoming a Transition Town, City, District, Village, Community or even Island. Transition Network.
Cohen, Alice, and James McCarthy. "Reviewing rescaling Strengthening the case for environmental considerations." Progress in Human Geography 39.1 (2015): 3-25.
Duit, Andreas, Peter H. Feindt, and James Meadowcroft. "Greening Leviathan: the rise of the environmental state?." Environmental Politics 25.1 (2016): 1-23.
Komiyama, H. and K. Takeuchi (2006) Sustainability science: building a new discipline. Sustainability Science, 1, pp1-6.
Lipschutz, R. D. (1998) Bioregionalism, civil society and global environmental governance. In: M. V. McGinnis (ed.) Bioregionalism. London: Routledge. (Chapter 6, pp101-120).
Meadowcroft, James. "Reaching the limits? Developed country engagement with sustainable development in a challenging conjuncture." Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31.6 (2013): 988-1002.
Thaler, Thomas, and Meike Levin-Keitel. "Multi-level stakeholder engagement in flood risk management—A question of roles and power: Lessons from England." Environmental Science & Policy 55 (2016): 292-301.