Designing a Sustainable World

Module code: 6BIOL001W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 6
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module will enable you to examine the environmental, social and economic foundations of sustainability, and how they are influenced by policy, governance and design. You will explore the concept of sustainable development and its application on a local, regional and global scale. You will also consider the individual, social and corporate responsibility for sustainability, and the role of governments through policy and legislation.

Through the module you will study the current use of design to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and the deterioration of water resources. Building on this foundation, you will work as part of a team to define a current, emerging or future real-world problem of significance for sustainable development, and provide a biological solution through design of a sustainable product, process, business, built environment or resilient community.

Teaching and learning methods for the module will involve a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical classes and workshops. Working in groups, you will undertake research on a specified environmental problem and propose a design solution to it, which will be presented to the class. Your formal assessment will be based on an individual written design proposal, and your contribution to a group-work presentation pitching your design solution.

This module will only be available from 2017/18 academic year.