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Curtin offering unique short courses in sustainability

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12 June 2008

People with a passion for sustainability are being offered a unique opportunity to attend week long intensive short courses being run by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute in June and July.

CUSP Institute Deputy Director Professor Dora Marinova said the two professional development courses in sustainability are designed for people who want to make a difference.

“The short courses are intended to stimulate people’s professional development, enrich their research, policy and communication skills and strengthen their career opportunities and networks,” Professor Marinova said.

“One course titled ‘Sustainability through Deliberative Democracy’ looks at how successful sustainability relies on the good will and creative energy of all elements of society working together and the other course titled ‘Sustainable Cities’ looks at issues such as transport, urban sprawl and the environment,” she said.

“We are offering the intensively run Masters short courses as stand-alone not-for-credit courses for professionals which can be taken individually or together.”

‘Sustainability through Deliberative Democracy’ is being presented by Professor Janette Hartz-Karp from Monday 23 June to Friday 27 June at the CUSP Institute in Fremantle.
Participants will learn about the importance of changing our practice from community consultation towards deliberative democracy, and how to achieve this. A broad range of dialogue and deliberation techniques will be explored and experienced including the citizens’ jury, consensus forum, world café, open space and 21st century dialogue

‘Sustainable Cities’ is being presented by Professor Jeff Kenworthy from Monday 30 June to Friday 4 July. The short course will explore cities around the world from within a broad international research sustainability framework that features examples of the best and worst in cities. It will focus on the analysis of environmental, social, economic and transport issues facing cities including ‘automobile dependence’, land use, environmental and sustainable urban design.  Participants will complete a project developing a vision of sustainability for a city including private, public and non-motorised transport and environmental technologies for the greening of cities.

The short courses cost $2000 each and will be presented at the CUSP Institute located at 3 Pakenham St, Fremantle. Alternatively these courses can be taken as part of a Masters in Sustainability Studies.

Established in January this year, the CUSP Institute is headed by world renowned sustainability expert Professor Peter Newman who will also be assisting Professor Kenworthy in the Sustainable Cities course.

Professor of Sustainability Dr Janette Hartz-Karp is renowned for her innovative work in community engagement and deliberative democracy and is a former advisor to the WA Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alana McTiernan. Professor of Sustainability Jeff Kenworthy has spent 28 years in the transport and urban planning field.

The CUSP Institute aims to be an innovative provider of frontline research, teaching and policy advice in sustainability policy, with an emphasis on implementation. It undertakes key research activities and offers exciting multi-level and multi-disciplinary sustainability programs that focus on societal learning, policy development, and implementation of sustainable practice.

Contact: Associate Professor Laura Stocker CUSP Institute at or 9266 9030 and Liam Casey, Administration, at or 9266 9030.

Modified: 13 June 2008

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