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Introduction to Sustainability and Adaptation

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Release Date: Sept 2024

Lead Organisation: Centre For Alternative Technology

This module will comprise a series of lectures and practical activities covering a broad range of sustainability topics and group work seminars whereby students work together to develop adaption solutions to climate and environmental change scenarios. The module will be available either through distance learning or as a residential learning experience at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Distance learners will have access to the same lectures as in person participants and take part in interactive online seminars.


  • Greenhouse gas impacts and options
  • Mitigation and adaptation needed to respond to environmental change and weather extremes
  • Sustainability issues relating to both consumption and the provision of services such as housing, food and energy.
  • Fundamentals of social and economic transformation models including nongrowth economics, behaviour and systemic change.
  • Interrelationships of climate mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity, equity, wellbeing and prosperity.

Students will:

  • Contextualize society responses to environmental change
  • Establish the overarching concepts and theoretical grounding in sustainability, resilience and transformational adaptation needed for the programme of study.
  • Establish baseline study skills competence and scientific/social science literacy.
  • Appreciate the implications of sustainable provision and security of services such as homes, water, energy, food and transport.
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