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NAON used in Courses

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK): GY423
Sustainability: Economy, Business and Technology

Coordinator: Professor E Neumayer

Use of NAON: First book on reading list of three books listed.

Syllabus: Frameworks for decoupling economy and environment: Sustainable development, ecological modernisation and environmental leapfrogging; Governance approaches for decoupling environment and economy; Green technological change, technological lock-in and niche management; Environmental leapfrogging in developing countries; Decarbonising the economy; Environmental values, behaviour and education; Corporate environmental management and competitive environmental strategy; Critical perspectives on the greening of business; The competitive implications of environmental protection.

Status of unit: The course will be taught through a combination of 19 weekly lectures (1.5 hours) and 19 weekly seminars

Leeds School of Business (USA), University of Colorado at Boulder: BCOR 4000-101 Sustainability and Business Ethics

Coordinator: Janet Graaff

Use of NAON: One of four essention reading books listed.

Syllabus: Society, business, and the natural world are inextricably linked by the same set of natural laws. This Section of BCOR 4000 offers an introduction to the rationale for business responsibility to society and the responsibility of both to the natural world. The course covers the fundamental constructs of Business Ethics within the framework of sustainability and explores partnership paradigms such as corporate stakeholder management, and the principles of natural capitalism, industrial ecology, and whole systems thinking.

Status of unit: Undergraduate, senior year course.

College of Environmental Science and Forestry (USA), University of New York: EST 426/EST 626: Concepts and Principles of Sustainable Development

Coordinator: Jack Mannno

Use of NAON: Required reading for 'Sustainability and Competitiveness' topic.

Syllabus: The question for this course is, “How do we live well without undermining the natural systems on which we fundamentally depend?” This is a challenge for natural resource management and also for chemistry, hydrology, engineering, economics, communication, psychology, personal change dynamics and the social sciences. In this course all disciplines are welcome. You will be asked to query your own discipline with the question of how the challenge of sustainable development can be addressed.

Status of unit: Combined undergraduate and graduate course.

Graduate School (USA), Bethel University: BUSN620 Environmental Perspectives in Business Management

Coordinator: Dr Robert Kistler

Use of NAON: One of four essention reading books listed.

Syllabus: Examination of the relationships between business and the local and global environment. The premise is that business leaders must consider the social and environment context of their actions and practice. Study of principles of sustainable development will include discussion of how consideration of human and materials resources are needed for managing a business in today's world.

Status of unit: Component of and Master of Business Administration course.

Swinburne University of Technology: Sustainable Design HES1115

Use of NAON: One of three listed reading materials.

Syllabus: During the course we aim to develop and improve students investigation and teamwork skills; to develop understanding and basic knowledge of Environmental implications of engineering activities, Sustainable design, Sustainable development and incorporating it into engineering practice. Critical analysis and problem solving strategies. Professional presentation and engineering report writing; and to provide students with the opportunity to experience peer reviewed oral presentations.

Status of unit: Undergraduate, A unit of study in the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) / Bachelor of Business.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT): BEB200 Introducing Sustainability

Coordinator: A/Prof Glenn Thomas

Use of NAON: The only set text.

Syllabus: This unit will address issues of sustainability from a number of perspectives thus providing students with a variety of lenses on the ways in which the human-made environment impacts on the future of human settlement. The unit will include an introduction to sustainability from a variety of perspectives, including indigenous and other cultural perspectives, and from ecological, economic and technological perspectives. It will demonstrate to students the ways in which contrasting, and sometimes conflicting, ideas about sustainability are prioritised and how these priorities contribute to the impact that design, engineering and urban development professions have on a sustainable future.

Status of unit: Compulsory First year course for the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering.

Griffith University: 2335EVE Sustainability Principles and Practices

Coordinator: Cheryl Paten (supported by Charlie Hargroves)

Use of NAON: The only set text.

Syllabus: How can sustainability principles be implemented in your work as a professional person? Sustainability Practices and Principles will equip you with the foundational knowledge and practical tools to make sustainability 'happen' in your professional practice. This course breaks through the complex language of sustainable development to help you understand what sustainability will mean in the context of your work as an engineer, scientist, planner, or professional in business, law or Asian studies. Weekly practical sessions equip you with tools to implement sustainability in design, research, reporting and management in the workplace.

Status of unit: Undergraduate Level.

Australian National University (ANU): ECOS3004 Urban Ecology

Coordinator: Dr R Dyball

Use of NAON: The only preliminary reading book listed.

Syllabus: The course applies the core human ecology concepts developed in ECOS2001 to the urban environment. The emphasis is on how human activities affect ecological processes and human wellbeing in urban areas. Students will study the effect that different human values, institutional arrangements and management strategies have on urban energy and material stocks and flows. Case studies covered by the course include the changes that the urban form places on water, energy and material flows as well as how urban design and planning processes affect transport and settlement patterns. For each of these topics, different human interventions will be considered, including those aimed at improving governance, harnessing ecosystem services and engaging with the community.

Status of unit: Next offered in 2007, first semester, 65 contact hours including 26 hours of lectures, 21 hours of workshops/tutorials, 18 hours of field work.

The University of Western Australia, School of Mechanical Engineering: Engineering for Sustainable Development (MECH4400)

Convener: Margot Jupp and Prof. James Trevelyan

Use of NAON: Required Text.

Syllabus: This course aims to introduce you to real engineering practice in which the details of technical solutions are often the least important decision that you will have to make. To date the majority of the course work you have done has prepared you to answer some narrow technical questions of engineering. For excellence in engineering it is essential you incorporate people constraints, economics and environmental issues into design and other engineering decisions. This course will introduce you to the aspects that you will have to address in your careers as engineers. Sustainable engineering means taking these aspects into account in a systematic manner and we will show you some of the tools you will need to do this effectively. (View Unit Outline)

Status of unit: Undergraduate, Lectures: 3 per week; tutorials: 2 per week; Practicals: 2 per semester.

Macquarie University, Graduate School of the Environment - Division of Environmental & Life Sciences: GSE 825 Sustainable Development: Introductory Principles and Practices

Convener: Wendy Goldstein

Use of NAON: Listed as a key text with many others.

Syllabus: This unit provides students with the tools for interpreting international developments and reviewing progress in the area of sustainable development. Students will trace the evolution of sustainable development, from how it was expressed in Rio at the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (1992) with Agenda 21 and the associated environmental Conventions and 10 years later at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (2002). Students will be introduced to various other instruments of international governance including the Millennium Development Goals, the Monterrey Consensus and DOHA Round of Trade negotiations on sustainable development.

Status of unit: Core unit in Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Sustainable Development.

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Health, Central Queensland University: ENEG11002: Engineering Skills 2

Coordinator: Dr Fae Martin

Use of NAON: First book on reading list of two books listed.

Syllabus: This course provides opportunities to develop fundamental knowledge, skills and attitudes introduced in Engineering Skills 1. It promotes the development of a professional attitude, relevant technical knowledge and productive work practices using opportunities provided in assigned projects. The course presents professional development in terms of Engineers Australia's graduate attributes, identifying personal strengths, weaknesses and strategies for improvement. The course is designed to develop engineering communication skills, a capacity to work productively and learn effectively, individually and in teams. It develops knowledge and skills in time management, project management, research skills, problem solving and application of sustainability principles.

Status of unit: Combined undergraduate and graduate course.

Institute of Green Professionals (Non-University): General Comprehensive Course: Sustainable Development Literacy for Professionals

Faculty Advisors: Professor Marcus T. Allen, Karlson “Charlie” Hargroves, Grant W. Austin, Professor Peter P. Rogers, Dr Kazi F. Jalal

Use of NAON: First of two core texts listed.

Syllabus: Prior to the development of this course, IGP was engaged in a 9-month process of developing a consensus document to define the basic multidisciplinary sustainable development knowledge needed for individuals working and teaching in professional specialties of architecture, land use planning, landscape architecture, engineering, real property valuation, accounting and law. The contents of this course are the result of this consensus document. The consensus is a live document that will be utilized for the continued updating of this course and therefore comments are welcome.

Status of unit: Roughly equivalent to a one-semester graduate level course at a regionally accredited university in the United States.