University of Technology Sydney

99221 Sustainability in Context

6cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities scheduled for campus until the 27th of August (inclusive) are being moved online. Timetabled activities for the remainder of the session will be held on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
Anti-requisite(s): 99215 Sustainability in Context


How can our society be made sustainable? What does sustainability mean? This subject provides a foundation for engaging with the concept of sustainability. The subject unpacks its various meanings and a range of associated practices attempting to address challenges related to environment, health, education, the economy, and social inequalities around race and gender. Students ground the concept in different settings and scales - from the global Sustainable Development Goals, to sustainability planning for cities and regions, to corporate sustainability for business actors. Across these fields, the subject highlights the complex process of bringing together different aspects of sustainability – environmental, social, economic, cultural and political. How do the different priorities interact, come into conflict, or create synergies? Students wrestle with this key practical puzzle raised by the concept, analysing how it is applied in different contexts, and with what results.

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