Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Theory and Principles of Sustainability (Nankai) DUMF5124

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is to enable students to understand the theory and basic principles of sustainability, to grasp the evaluation method of sustainability and to get to know the front issues of international research dynamic. The in-depth case studies will help the students to comprehend the principles and practice of sustainability in some fields.


16 * 2 hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Nankai JGS Environmental Scienceprogramme.

Excluded Courses





■ Coursework in the form of an essay 4,000 words in length (50% of grade)

■ Oral presentation and answer questions in class (50% of grade)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

- To provide students with a thorough and comprehensive grounding in the theories and basic principles of sustainability;

- To introduce the main issues of international research in sustainability;

- To develop skills in the evaluation of methods for sustainability;

- To introduce practical applications of the principles and practice of sustainable development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

- Explain theories of sustainability in environmental management and social development;

- Select appropriate methods to assess the sustainability of regional and social development policies;

- Illustrate the key measures in applying sustainability to a range of situations;

- Analyse the problems of the application of sustainability theories.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Attendance at seminars and tutorials is required.