ESC-40030 - Case Studies in Sustainability
Coordinator: Sharon M George Room: WSF13A Tel: +44 1782 7 33986
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

The abilities to assimilate data, work as a team and problem solve are fundamental to any career development. In this module you will work as a member of a team to analyse and consider scientific, political, management and ethical issues relating to problems in the environmental sustainability and green technology sectors. This will entail you reviewing several case studies and consulting widely.

This module aims to stimulate awareness into issues relevant to the sustainability agenda and enhance graduate and employability skills. A framework is provided to develop knowledge and confidence in assessing and evaluating complex and often conflicting information in ethical, economic, social and political and physical and scientific contexts. The module, using relevant case studies and scenarios, is designed to equip students with experience and skills in preparing for and leading successful evidence-based professional negotiations, debates and conflict resolution.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Process, evaluate and contextualise complex information from a range of specialist sources related to sustainability issues in a modern professional context
: 2
Describe the role of ethical, economic and policy and political issues at the forefront of sustainable professional practice relevant to energy planning, waste management and environmental protection: 2
Produce a detailed literature review showing the role and implications of contemporary research to future development in a relevant area such as sustainable energy development, waste management and/or environmental issues: 2
Use data and knowledge of contemporary peer reviewed academic research to formulate original conclusions
: 2
Produce a reflective report showing awareness of own learning and advancement of knowledge in the context of wider academic literature
: 1

Study hours

Lectures and tutorials 20 hours
Guided lecture preparation and reading 40 hours
Independent study 60 hours
Literature review research and writing 30 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Reflective Analysis weighted 20%
A 800-1000 word reflective report
A reflective critical report on study skills acquired, contribution to problem based learning, use of resources etc

2: Literature Review weighted 80%
A 2,500 word review of relevant printed and on-line reference material on a topic related to the module.
For the individual case selected the student should compile available printed and on-line reference material and provide a brief appraisal (a few sentences per reference as to why each has been chosen for inclusion)