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Massey’s Master of Sustainable Development Goals will give you an advanced grounding in the theory, practice and application of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Master of Sustainable Development Goals is a new 180-credit taught degree focusing on the theory and practice of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme addresses the most pressing imperative facing humanity and the planet: sustainability. This degree is unique in Australasia. It presents a unique opportunity to showcase Pacific and Indigenous paradigms of sustainability as alternatives to dominant western paradigms.
The SDGs are the UN’s ambitious macro-level plan for humankind’s development and sustainability. The goals address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. UN member countries, including New Zealand, began to implement the SDGs in 2016; they will run until 2030. The goals are relevant to both “developed” and “developing” countries.
This cross-disciplinary degree addresses the three main elements of the SDGs; ecological, societal and economic sustainability.
You’ll take two core courses in sustainable development. The first will introduce you to theories of sustainable development and the SDGs. The second will focus on multi-disciplinary frameworks, how to measure progress against the SDGs, and paradigms of Indigenous knowledge and practice in the field of sustainability. This will have a strong international flavour.
Then you’ll choose your endorsement from one of the four following subject specialisation areas:
Each specialisation has contemporary relevance to local, national, regional and global wellbeing. You don’t need any prior subject specialisation knowledge. These practical taught courses focus on you as a practitioner, working in an area related to sustainable development.
The final 60-credit component of your degree is a research practicum. You’ll identify an agency, corporation or institution with which to work towards policies or practices guided by the SDG framework in your subject area. You’ll then conduct research on and analyse the sustainable development work undertaken by that organisation.
This qualification will give you:
The degree will be taught full-time or part-time over three academic periods (trimesters), with contact workshops on one of our three campuses.
There is strong demand in the global marketplace for workers with the requisite new skills to translate, implement, monitor and report on the SDGs.
The SDGs are already facing challenges on how the goals’ macro-level aspirations, collected through multiple rounds of global consultation, will be translated into everyday community, health, education, and workplace settings.
Employees with the skills to implement and measure progress against the SDGs are much in demand in both public and private organisations.
David Johnston is a Professor of Disaster Management. His research focuses on human responses to volcano, tsunami, earthquake and weather warnings, crisis decision-making and the role of public education and participation in building community resilience and recovery. In 2016 he became Co-chair of World Meteorological Organisation’s High Impact Weather Project Steering Group.
Sam Leonard has a PhD in Education for Sustainable Development. Her teaching and research interests include sustainable development theory and practice, alternative economics, people-entered development and local sustainable livelihoods. Sam is the programme co-ordinator for the Master of Sustainable Development Goals.
Gerard Prinsen is a “pracademic”, moving between professional practice and academic reflection. Much of his work revolves around local health and education services as spaces where small, rural or remote communities negotiate with big metropolitan powers. Such negotiations include debates about what “sustainability” is and how it can be measured in ways that are meaningful for communities.
Diane Pearson is a Professor in Environmental Management. She is interested in environmental sustainability and transdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem-solving and natural resource management. Her expertise lies in land system change, sustainable landscape management and working towards sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.
Gabriel Eweje is Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Governance – An International Journal of Business in Society, and Associate Editor, Business Ethics: A European Review. His background is in teaching, research and consultancy in social issues in management and sustainability. His research interests focus on business ethical behaviour, corporate social responsibility, sustainability disciplines, and the UN sustainable development goals.
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