WEL230 Human Services and Sustainable Development (8)

This subject aims to develop an understanding of sustainable development and establishes human service professionals as central players in the process of developing an environmentally sustainable society. Competing interests of science, economics and environment are examined, and social and ecological justice dimensions are analysed within a holistic sustainable development framework. Holistic approaches for re-envisioning and leading the process of sustainable development as part of human services practice are considered.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the meaning of sustainable development within local, national and global contexts;
  • be able to identify discourses affecting sustainable development;
  • be able to identify holistic approaches to sustainable development, including Indigenous perspectives and ecological justice dimensions; and
  • be able to explain how human service professionals can actively contribute to and lead sustainable development processes as part of practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Sustainable development within local, national and global contexts
  • Worldviews and ethical values informing sustainable development
  • Connecting social and ecological justice with sustainable development
  • Sustainable development, politics and government
  • Leading the sustainable development process in human services

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.