Sustainable Futures A

Module code: NS1053

Module co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Gretton

In this module you will study different aspects of sustainable development and develop a basic 'sustainability literacy' over a range of subjects including economic and political aspects of sustainability, considerations of energy and climate change, and security of food supply.

Topics covered

  • Sustainable Development
  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a key international agenda
  • Challenges associated with the growth of the global human population
  • Complexities of reaching international agreements on environmental issues
  • How to spread knowledge of sustainable development
  • Understanding behaviour and how it changes
  • Industrial metabolism, industrial ecology and industrial symbiosis
  • Interventions
  • Obstacles and challenges to implement strategies for different economic and political situations


  • 4 two-hour workshops


  • 4 sets of multiple choice questions (16%)
  • 4 opinion pieces (articles) (84%)