Community and Sustainability


The need for social and ecological sustainability is widely acknowledged. This is particularly so given the prevailing scientific consensus regarding the global ecological challenge posed by human induced climate change. It is apparent that the social implications of a deteriorating ecology need to be studied and critically analysed. Accordingly, the module examines the close connection between human well-being and environmental and ecological conditions. The module will address and explore the contemporary debate on sustainability and will situate an understanding of community within the broadening holistic perspective opened up by the acknowledgement of social, environmental and psychological factors as key determinants of human well-being.

Learning Outcomes

  1. A comprehensive understanding of the link between the environment and human well-being.

  2. A comprehensive understanding of the concept of sustainability.

  3. A thorough familiarity with contemporary debates on sustainability.

  4. A comprehensive understanding of present threats to community and social well-being arising from environmental decay.

  5. An ability to relate issues of social well-being and sustainability to their own professional and personal lives.

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