Sustainability Culture - DESG5102

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 5 30 (15) Hooman Talebi checkmark-circle


This module will provide a broad introduction to the important key people and ideas in the development of sustainability culture from the twentieth century to the present day. This will include an exploration of designers, artists and philosophers that have been significant in transforming our seeing and thinking. Key concept includes circular design, circular economy, system mapping, system design and system thinking.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 48
Private Study Hours: 252
Total Study Hours: 300


Compulsory to the following courses: BA (Hons) Spatial and Interior Design

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods –
100% Portfolio

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: Like-for-like

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important figures, their impact and influence on the development of twentieth and twenty-first century sustainability culture.
Demonstrate a familiarity with a range of relevant theoretical and critical texts developing skills such as finding and using appropriate sources, producing a bibliography, developing an argument.
Demonstrate an ability to analyse images and visual artefacts.
Identify and communicate connections between key figures, artefacts, texts and contexts.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Manage and navigate information sources (both electronic and printed).
Work independently to a given brief.
Demonstrate flexibility of thought and an openness to alternative ideas and different ways of thinking.
Communicate effectively using a variety of media


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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