LCOMM584-21B (HAM)

Sustainable Futures

30 Points

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Division of Management
School of Management and Marketing

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: helena.wang@waikato.ac.nz

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: clive.wilkinson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Individuals and organisations are operating in contexts that are not only changing rapidly but are increasingly complex and uncertain. With advancing climate change, enhanced health risks due to pandemics, increasing inequality and social strife, and depletion of vital resources, the world faces major challenges to securing a sustainable future. This paper explores economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of sustainability and explores future-thinking processes to prepare citizens and leaders of today to reflect on and imagine sustainable futures for organisations and societies.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is run in face-­to-­face interactive sessions involving mini-lectures, readings, group discussions, student seminars, and critical-thinking exercises. Students are expected to do the readings for the week before coming to class to optimise the quality of learning and the discussions. The readings can be accessed via a link provided on Moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Reflect on current and emerging thinking on business, economic, social, environmental, and cultural contexts of sustainability
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  • 2. Communicate analytically, critically and thoroughly about sustainability research
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  • 3. Conduct a limited review of the literature on a particular aspect of sustainability
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  • 4. Present seminars and lead facilitative discussions on specific approaches to sustainability
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  • 5. Apply methods and skills from the studies of futures to construct possible scenarios for action
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  • 6. Write a scholarly paper on sustainable futures.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Reflections on theory and practice
20 Aug 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Seminar and facilitated discussion
25
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Scenarios: Group assignment
1 Oct 2021
9:00 AM
25
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Scholarly paper
22 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The required readings for this course are provided via the LCOMM 584 Reading List. The link to the Reading List is available on Moodle.
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Recommended Readings

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Students are advised to actively search for and find appropriate additional readings via the library's databases and other sources to augment the required readings on the topics covered in the paper.
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Online Support

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This course is supported by Moodle.
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Workload

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As a 30 point paper, it is expected that the workload will be around 300 hours during the trimester (one point equates to approximately 10 hours' total work). As befitting a 30-point paper, there is an expectation for a significant amount of reading and active engagement with the content of the paper.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: MCOM509, MCOM578 and MCOM584

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