SOEE1610 Introduction to Creating Sustainable Futures

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  • Taught: Semester 1 View timetable
  • Credits: 10
  • Class Size: 100
  • Module Manager: Dr. Yim Ling Siu
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  • This Module is approved as a Discovery Module
  • This module is approved as a Skills Discovery Module
  • This module replaces SOEE1015 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
  • This module is mutually exclusive with:
    • SOEE1110 Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies

Discovery module overview

Module Summary

Module Summary

This is an online (web based) module that is delivered using innovative films, audio clips, interactive tools and text through the VLE with supporting tutorials each week. The module identifies issues and solutions from a changing World influenced by environmental problems (such as climate change), social issues (such as increasing population) and economic factors (such as increasing wealth gaps). This module will prepares you by giving you knowledge of sustainability issues and the career skills to influence future change. There is exciting group work with students across the University with ‘real life’ projects on campus. Topics you will cover include:

  • 1. Environmental issues such as climate change, chemical pollution, renewable materials and low energy buildings.
  • 2. Social issues such as child labour, poverty, human development and wellbeing.
  • 3. Economic issues such as corruption, living wage, ethical investment and micro finance.
  • 4. Career skills such as multi-disciplinary approach, systems thinking, evidence-based decision-making, stakeholder & participatory approaches, scenario planning and managing change


To introduce students to topics available in Discovery modules in the ‘Creating sustainable futures’ Discovery Theme. Provide a general overview of sustainability knowledge and skills as well as case studies from across the University campus. Designed to be suitable for any student studying at the University of Leeds.


This module consists of online (web based) delivery using films, audio clips, interactive tools and text of:

  • 1. About sustainability:

a. Environmental impacts.
b. Environmental solutions.
c. Social justice impacts.
d. Social justice solutions.
e. Economic equity impacts.
f. Economic equity solutions.

  • 2. Skills for sustainable futures:

a. Multi-disciplinary approach.
b. Systems thinking.
c. Evidence-based decision-making.
d. Stakeholder & participatory approaches.
e. Scenario planning.
f. Managing change.

  • 3. Six case studies assessing sustainability in practice from across the University.

You will use online blogs to provide answers to questions and tasks within the web based topics. You will also participate in a practical group work project on sustainability issues on campus.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will:

  • 1. Have a general knowledge of the environmental, social and economic issues facing society.
  • 2. Have a general understanding of the potential solutions to sustainability problems.
  • 3. Have general knowledge of the career skills for sustainable futures including multi-disciplinarity and managing change.
  • 4. Develop an appreciation for interdisciplinary work through tutorials and practical work.

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching


Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Group Project 1 x 1000 word group report 40
In-course MCQ 1 hour MCQ test 60
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 100

Private Study

Independent online learning will be the delivery of all learning material on the VLE. This has been prepared and funded by the Discovery Theme on ‘Creating Sustainable Futures’. There are 18 self-contained parts to the online material as outlined in the syllabus above. Each one will take 3 hours to read, view videos, complete around 6-10 short exercises and read guided additional papers/books.
Private study will be 1x7 hours preparing for the tutorials, 8 hours completing the field work for the group work project on campus, 10 hours completing report from group work and 11 hours preparing for the online MCQ exam.

Progress Monitoring

Student progress will be monitored through:

  • 1. Completion of the short exercises in the online material.
  • 2. Participation in the group work/tutorials.
  • 3. Participation in the group work project.
  • 4. Completion of the group work project (1 x 1,000 report).

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Induction Session 1 1 1
Fieldwork 1 2 2
Group learning 7 1 7
Private Study Hours 36
Independant Online Learning Hours 54
Total Contact Hours 10
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 100

Reading List

Reading List
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