Rationale and Objectives

The aim of this unit is to provide an opportunity to think about the interaction between local and global trading and the impact that this might have on communities that are near-by and far away. Central to this module is the opportunity to critique the central tenants of global capitalism and the influence of ‘big business’ alongside the call for more sustainable ‘local’ economies. This module does not promote any particular economic model but rather it seeks to engage students with the complexity of providing products for willing consumers.


2. Understanding global and local challenges of the environment and their inter-relationship

4. Enhancing the awareness and the implications of human activity on the environment

5. To instill knowledge in which students develop civic values concerning environmental involvement and activity

6. To identify and develop critical thinking regarding future sustainability issues from different perspectives (political, social, ecological, cultural, economic, legal, etc.).