Interdisciplinary industry project for sustainable development solutions
In our capstone unit, you'll put all your new skills to work. With your team, you'll work on a 12-week project to find solutions to a sustainability governance, policy or management issue identified by one of our exciting partner organisations.
This unit will teach you to:
- Work within an interdisciplinary team to develop a project that will result in 'real-world' change for sustainable development.
- Understand the different perspectives, values and associated politics of a change management project.
- Use a suite of tools and mechanisms to influence, support and facilitate change towards sustainable development at a variety of scales.
- Develop a context specific and relevant solution strategy grounded in the latest evidence.
- Present a well-argued change management intervention strategy that is practical for industry.
You will work in interdisciplinary teams and follow an assessment process that is broadly similar to a real-world consultancy project. First, teams work with academic mentors and industry partners to develop a project plan and conduct a review of key literature (e.g. case studies). As the semester progresses, a formal mid-term review presentation to the partner organisation provides an opportunity to refine initial exploratory work and analysis. Finally, the teams produce a substantial deliverable – in a form appropriate to the needs of the partner, such as a written report or product prototype – as well as a showcase presentation.
This unit provides an opportunity to engage in substantial practical work on a live sustainable development challenge. You will explore the complexity of societal change processes, investigate change theories and evaluate key conceptual frameworks, methods and apply them to current sustainability challenges. You will gain direct experience of working collaboratively to develop a change management project within an interdisciplinary environment alongside industry partners.
This is an Advanced Practice unit in the Master of Environment and Sustainability. The unit is undertaken over one academic year and is worth 12 credit points.
The unit is undertaken in Semesters 1 and 2.
The unit coordinator for this course is Dr Susan van de Meene.
Further information about this unit can be found in the Monash Handbook.
Is this course for you?
This unit is an advanced-practice unit for people who wish to develop professional competencies for working effectively in an applied interdisciplinary context working towards sustainable development outcomes.