WEL428 Building Sustainable Communities (8)

This subject explores the role of human services in relation to governance and policy for a more sustainable world. Using a global citizenship framework, local and global policy contexts will be appraised with reference to the multidimensional impacts of environmental issues on wellbeing. A critique will be undertaken of all systems of governance including nation states, global entities, markets and institutions. This subject provides an opportunity for students to discover how professional practice can actively contribute to sustainable planning and policy development in communities.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL428. 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 global citizenship and ecological justice in the international context;
  • be able to critically evaluate systems of governance in relation to social and environmental policy at local and global levels;
  • be able to describe roles for human services professionals in relation to ecological and social justice; and
  • be able to apply principles of holistic human services practice to address governance and policy issues.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ecological issues in context
  • Global citizenship
  • Understanding ecological and social justice
  • Governance structures: nation states, global entities, markets and institutions
  • Social and environmental policy in local, national and global contexts
  • Ecological and social justice issues in human services practice
  • Professional practice strategies to address governance and policy issues

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL428 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 %
Assessment 1
Assessment 2

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.