Environment, Development and Design


The concept of sustainable development is at the heart of this subject, and is increasingly becoming the focus of government policy, progressive business and educational institutions. Students who study this subject will become familiar with sustainable development and its application globally, and understand the way different environments and societies interact.

Course Outline

  • ecological history of humanity

  • population growth and resource consumption

  • what is sustainability?

  • report writing and research skills

  • climate change and related hazards

  • what is climate change?

  • who is affected most by climate change?

  • consequences of climate change

  • responses to climate change

  • renewable energy as a solution

  • sustainable water use

  • what is a city?

  • sustainable city design

  • megacities

  • slums

  • resilient and liveable cities

  • sustainable building designs

  • Melbourne: a sustainable, liveable resilient city?

  • sustainable city design

  • urban agriculture

  • economic sustainability (theory to include globalisation)

  • cities in global economy

  • sustainable business

  • putting it all together: practical solutions for a more sustainable world. 


  • Exam: 25%

  • Field work report: 25% 
  • Research essay: 30% 
  • Group research presentation: 20% 

Subject Leader

Ms Jane Sykes,
BA, DipEd,
GradDipEd(Policy and Admin) MEd Monash