University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

DEVT 3007 - Governance and Sustainable Development

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 contact hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: DEVT 3006, GEOG 3020
Assessment: Student e-portfolio 50%, Research essay/report 40%, peer assessment 10%

This course explores the crucial link between governance and sustainable development. Sustainable development has emerged as the global norm and dominant approach to reconcile the goals of economic development, environmental quality and social equity. It has been enshrined in the post-2015 international development agenda as Sustainable Development Goals. Governance can be understood as the rules, mechanisms, processes and institutions through which important decisions are made and implemented. The course discusses the contested nature of both these concepts, and investigates how both are combined in local, national, regional and international policy-making about environment and development challenges such as poverty, global inequalities, loss of biodiversity, deterioration of global eco-systems, and the threat of climate change to human societies. Contemporary ecological problems and crises are predominantly a result of ineffective governance. Thus the main purpose of the course is to examine the ways in which state, private sector and civil society interact on national and international levels to address environment and development issues through better governance models and frameworks of sustainability. Major issues and concepts covered in the course include: policy making and policy analysis; reflexive governance and learning; gender and governance; governance of ecological conflicts and disasters; e-governance and sustainability; and global ecological governance in particular in regard to climate change. Major issues, such as global governance of climate change; e-governance and sustainability; and gender and governance, are explored through case studies from Australia and various other regions of the world. The course offers the opportunity for a 10-day field trip to Japan (during the mid-term break) to investigate governance of environment and development issues in that country and to collaborate with Japanese students in this field.

Course Fees

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  Commonwealth Supported Student Contribution
Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Small Group Discovery
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21642 SG02 45 30 29 Jul - 2 Sep Monday 11am - 1pm Hughes, 111b, Teaching Room
16 Sep - 16 Sep Monday 11am - 1pm Hughes, 111b, Teaching Room
7 Oct - 28 Oct Monday 11am - 1pm Hughes, 111b, Teaching Room
22932 SG01 45 33 31 Jul - 4 Sep Wednesday 12pm - 2pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
18 Sep - 18 Sep Wednesday 12pm - 2pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 30 Oct Wednesday 12pm - 2pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room