- Department: Environment and Geography
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Simon Mair
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
What is the role of business in delivering sustainable futures? In this module we explore how different forms of business might contribute to building more sustainable futures, with a particular focus on the challenge of meeting environmental sustainability targets whilst also delivering on social goals.
|Semester 1 2024-25
Tackling ecological crises, while also delivering on social goals, requires transformation at all levels of society. Businesses have a role to play, but what that role is and what environmental sustainability means for the future of business is an open question. In this module students will be introduced to different forms of businesses and explore the roles they can play in delivering more sustainable futures. To do this the module introduces key concepts (such as diverse economies and environmental limits) and tools in environmental management (such as wicked problems, systems thinking, and problem structuring techniques). Through field trips students engage with practitioners from a diverse range of businesses working to reconcile environmental sustainability and social goals. Students work in groups to apply these tools and concepts to develop their own analysis of a solution to a real world business and environment problem. In order to develop effective and professional communication skills, students are offered formative feedback on a draft of the assessment.
At the end of the module students will have:
Demonstrate an understanding of different business models and organisational forms, and the roles they play in the transition to a sustainable economy
Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of delivering on environmental sustainability and social goals
Experience using tools to structure and evaluate a real world environmental sustainability problem
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Formative feedback will be delivered orally or in written form. Written feedback on summative assessment will follow department guidelines.
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Meadows, D.H., 2008. Thinking in systems: A primer. Chelsea Green publishing.
Raworth, K., 2017. Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist. Chelsea Green Publishing.