ENM308 Challenges of Global Sustainable Development (8)

This subject explores the concepts and underlying principles of global sustainable development. Students investigate the issues raised in the application of sustainable principles by exploring real situations and case studies. A key focus is on the importance of the knowledges and understandings of the Indigenous Peoples of Australia in both historical and contemporary environmental management. On completion students are able to critically appraise the lessons learned from the experience of implementing sustainable development in a global context.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENM308. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the terminology, concepts, principles and theory associated with global sustainable development;
  • be able to discuss the key challenges associated with implementing sustainable development in a global context;
  • be able to recognise a range of theories and concepts available for minimising our impact on the environment and society and how these might be applied to achieve sustainability;
  • be able to critique and assess factors influencing the application of tools for sustainability in real situations;
  • be able to critically appraise the lessons learned from the experience of implementing sustainable development in their profession, the issues raised, and the proposed effective solutions; and
  • be able to critically reflect on and discuss ideas on how the knowledge and cultural property of Indigenous Australians relate to global sustainable development.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • An introduction to global sustainable development;
  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG);
  • Challenges of global sustainable development;
  • Environmental degradation;
  • Population growth;
  • Consumption, wealth and poverty;
  • The Anthropocene;
  • Indigenous Land Management: a historical perspective;
  • Indigenous understandings of the relationship between humans and their surroundings;
  • Achieving global sustainable development: lessons from Indigenous practices; and
  • Frameworks and Indicators for global sustainable development.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENM308 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Journal reflection
Presentation sdgs
Feedback on presentations
Looking back; looking forward: blogs
Implementation of sustainable development

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.