Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSustainability Environment and Society
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Wendy Stubbs


Previously coded ENV541E


As the sustainability agenda deepens, the public and private sectors face growing demands for accountability. This unit extends upon APG5433 and provides students with an overview of sustainability from an applied perspective, with a particular focus on effective measurement. Students examine i) how environmental and social performance interact with financial processes and measurement ii) steps, principles, tools and methodologies and their practical application when accounting for sustainability and its three capital stocks. This includes the how, what, when, where and why of measuring, monitoring, evaluating and reporting relevant sustainability related information.


Upon completing this Unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding why effective measurement is critical in driving the sustainability agenda and support business cases,
  2. develop measurement strategies and indicators,
  3. select the most appropriate measurement tools for a given situation, and
  4. critical insight into how leading organisations are measuring sustainability.


Written individual work (3500 words): 70%
Written group work (5000 words): 20%
Presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One x 2 hour lecture per week