Sustainability and New Zealand

Course code 72194

Since the World Commission on Environment and Development released its 1987 report, Our Common Future, the concept of sustainable development has gained increasing currency as an approach to integrating the economic, environmental and social aspects of development. This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of sustainable development and its application to New Zealand. You will explore the concept of sustainable development in depth and analyse the impact of production and consumption patterns on New Zealand’s environment. You will also critically evaluate responses to issues surrounding unsustainable patterns of resource use.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Topics covered include

  • sustainable development debates
  • the interrelationships between economic growth, environment quality and social well-being
  • production and consumption patterns in New Zealand
  • responses to sustainable development issues; and
  • approaches used to measure progress towards sustainability.


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

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