Shaping Environmental Sustainability on Planet Earth

An introduction to contemporary environmental science, climate change, and sustainability; looking at the local and global policy framework, as well as key legal concepts. We also look at planning, establishing and implementing sustainability campaigns.


  • Introduction to environmental science, climate change and sustainability principles.
  • The coal v. renewable energy debate – the economics and practicalities of producing power today, tomorrow and into the future
  • Case Study: Coral Reefs locally and around the world
  • Principles of public policy formulation and campaigning to shape policy addressing climate change
  • Case Studies from Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Get-Up and other campaigning organisations
  • Campaigning for Change: practical guidance on analysing sustainability issues and engaging actively with policy makers in Local, State and Federal Government Contexts

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. List the main sources of sustainability challenges in Australia and around the world
  2. Describe the current systems for managing environmental risks
  3. Describe legal and policy concepts applicable to environmental sustainability
  4. Understand and discuss some the key elements of environment law in Australia
  5. Explain some of the connections between public policy and sustainability outcomes
  6. List and describe approaches to environmental campaigning
  7. Discuss fundamental elements of environmental regulation and how campaigns can influence regulatory approaches.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.