Sustainability and Society Case Study 2

  1. Details of task: The aim of the Applied Case Study Analyses is to give you the opportunity to continuously and deeply engage with a particular case context from a variety of  angles, to critically reflect on course content through a practical lens and to apply different theoretical concepts of environmental sociology to a real world scenario.

    The objective is to write an applied case study analysis (1,250 words each) in which you draw on one or more concepts of sociology and apply it to a focus topic within your case context. Each analysis should demonstrate:

    a. Deep engagement with the case context and the the focus topic
    b. Practical application of theoretical course content to a real world scenario
    c. Critical reflection on relevant concepts in environmental sociology

    3. For each individual assessment, further narrow down your case study analysis to hone in on a particular topic. A focus question can help you do that. For example, “Why are cars the dominant mode of passenger transport in Melbourne?”.

    Alternatively you can think about different dimensions of the topic, such as infrastructure systems, policy & regulation, community behaviours, equity issues, etc. to narrow down on a focus area of interest.
    Importantly, the focus topic and the environmental sociology concept(s) that you choose to apply should align well with each other. Some concepts might be better suited to explore certain focus topics and vice versa, so please consider them in relation to each other when making your decisions.

    4.Criteria for marking: A marking rubric will be available on Moodle, covering the following criteria:

    a. Synthesis of case study and conceptual information
    i. Demonstrate the ability to synthesise information that is particularly relevant for the focus topic of your case study analysis, as well as for critical engagement with the environmental sociology concept(s).

    b. Application of environmental sociology concept(s) to case study analysis
    i. Develop insights that demonstrate deeper understanding of the focus area in relation to sustainability
    ii. Critically reflect on concept(s) in real world context (e.g. why is that a useful concept? what does it leave out? what are its strengths and weaknesses? what recommendations would you make based on it?)

    c. Clarity of argument and written expression

    d. Appropriate use of evidence and referencing conventions

    **Draw one or more concepts from week 5-7**

    week 5-Required Reading:

    Markard, J., R. Raven and B. Truffer (2012). “Sustainability transitions: An emerging field of research and its prospects.” Research Policy 41(6): 955-967

    week 6-Required Reading:

    Newton PW (2012) Liveable and Sustainable? Socio-Technical Challenges for Twenty-First-Century Cities. Journal of Urban Technology, 19(1), 81-102.

    week 7-Required Reading:

    Ringler, C., Bhaduri, A., & Lawford, R. (2013). The nexus across water, energy, land and food (WELF): potential for improved resource use efficiency?. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5(6), 617-624.

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