Sustainable Practices

Learning outcome

Engage with ethical and sustainable practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and those of the environment.

Student Benefits

Our wellbeing and the future of our children depend CSU graduates who can help ensure we continue to have access to basic life sustaining resources and that our and the health of the planet is protected. As nations look to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate against extreme weather events, develop technologies of the future, and ensure future generations have the same opportunities we currently enjoy, sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important. Many businesses, governments and organisations are looking for graduates who can help facilitate this transition.


  • Contextualise the concept: For example, law and policing students can apply sustainability when considering social equity, justice, citizenship and biosecurity.
  • Develop an understanding of ecological sustainability: Investigation of evidence about environmental, social, and economic considerations on a contextualised topic.
  • Develop critical thinking: Ensure assessments explore the tension in the complexities of sustainable decision-making.
  • Reflect and apply sustainable practices: Reflect on a complex sustainability issue. Make informed decisions that consider social, economic and environmental consequences.

Course Requirements

At least one assessment item including critical reflection on sustainable practices in relation to their chosen profession, exploring the tension between environmental, social and economic considerations. At least one assessment item requiring sustainable decision making in a professional context with consideration of ecological consequences.

Teaching Practices

  • Case studies, discussion, debates and group presentations on issues associated with internationalisation, ethical practice, equality, health, climate change, planning and development, resource use, diversity, and biodiversity are all part of sustainable practice.
  • Use self-assessment tools (such as WWF), individual and group challenges (such as Plastic Free July) to develop an understanding of environmental impact.
  • Maintain and enhance a student’s exploration of self within the contexts of today.


Assessment of this GLO needs to be explicit and contextualised.