Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability, the governance of sustainability, related concepts, issues, problems and solutions, and the remit of professional planning ethics. Students learn about the nature of sustainable planning and related policy prescriptions. Key sustainable planning and urban design models and approaches are investigated. The unit is structured around key sustainable planning themes, including the evolution and complexity of sustainable planning, the role of local government, demographic considerations, planning for sustainable communities, developing sustainability literacy, and the evolution and complexity of ethics in professional planning. Students engage in problem based learning: an analysis of planning problems, issues and potential solutions.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to unit content and assessment

Topic 2: Evolution of sustainability in planning

Topic 3: Understanding the dimensions of sustainability

Topic 4: Local governance of sustainability

Topic 5: Local council case study

Topic 6: Demographics of sustainability

Topic 7: Sustainable communities

Topic 8: Sustainability literacy

Topic 9: Evolution of ethics in planning

Topic 10: Understanding the dimensions of ethics

Topic 11: Sustainable and ethical futures

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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