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ECO8011 Global Issues in Sustainability

Short Description: Global Issues in Sustainablty
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 089999 - Mgt & Commerce not class
Grading basis : Graded

Other Requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course investigates major phenomena threatening planet earth's environment and consequently the progress of industrialisation and the standard of living in both rich and poor countries alike which have arisen through natural resource exploitation. Topics include phenomena such as: climate change, pollution, loss of biological diversity, and depletion of natural resources.

In the first third of the course, human population growth and the demand for and utilisation of resources will be explored as fundamental underlying causes of current issues in sustainability. The basic science behind issues will be introduced and explained.

In the last two thirds of the course, the discussion will turn an investigation of the reasons for the outcomes observed. A public policy approach will be used to investigate how we got to this position and how these challenges can be overcome to correct/change the unsustainable pathways the global environment and economy is heading. This will particularly include examining the market-based economic concepts which explain, in part, why this situation has come about and why it continues on an unsustainable path.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2021 Online
Date printed 9 December 2021