Topic: A title in relation to a global issue you investigate

Essay
You are expected to investigate a sustainability related topic of your choice
and write an essay about it and its implications for businesses.
This needs to be a research on a global issue (e.g. emission controls,
deforestation, poverty, water shortage, biodiversity, inequality, forced
displacement).
You are going to identify the key approaches, debates, concepts and
principles of sustainability in relation to the global issue you are investigating.
With a critical perspective you will evaluate implications of this global issue
for businesses. In doing so you will take into consideration different value
systems, different stakeholder groups and backdrop commitments to politics
and economics. You need to use proper academic sources to support your
work.
Your work needs to comprise:
A title in relation to a global issue you investigate
The topics can be:
poverty, ocean acidification, global warming, waste, deforestation, biodiversity,
inequality, shortages of major resources like water and agricultural land, among
others…
Please have a title page where you indicate your student number, title of your work
followed by the table of contents and 6 keywords
Up to 6 keywords related to your essay
Please write 6 keywords in relation to your topic at the bottom of the title page
Description of the global sustainability issue you will investigate (approx.
800 words)
Please describe the global sustainability issue you have chosen. You may want to
provide replies for the following questions:
What is it?
What is causing it?
What are the major consequences?
Identification of major debates, value systems, and stakeholders in
relation to this global issue (approx.1200 words)
Please identify major debates/value systems regarding the sustainability
issue you investigate. You may refer to the table in the power point presentation of
the Session 1 (Competing world views on sustainability and their basic principles and
priorities- LeBlanc and Roehrl (2012:19), based on Costanza et al., 2012). Which of




these perspectives dominate the actions in your topic? Are there other perspectives?
What are the main debates? Be sure of covering all the major perspectives
(including opposing ones) and debates on your topic. You need to be critical and
question each perspective and position in your review of existing academic work and
evaluation of salient perspectives and issues. Critical review of relevant authors, rival
perspectives, major debates and methodologies is needed.
Please identify the major stakeholders such as the state, community, NGOs, other
pressure groups, international organisations, businesses, regulatory institutions, etc.
(reflection of perspectives of key players/stakeholders as well as their values,
political and economic commitments).
Critical analysis of the implications on the business (approx.. 1200 words)
What is the potential impact of this global sustainability issue on businesses and
industries? Please present all the major perspectives in relation to the implications
on the businesses.
Here are some useful questions to answer in this section:
What are the potential risks and threats?
What are the opportunities? Creation of a new sustainability index? A new
regulation? A new reporting system? New processes? New initiatives such as Fair
Trade?
Any innovation of businesses in dealing with this global sustainability issue?
Conclusion (approx. 300)
Briefly summarise your findings and your overall evaluation of the topic in maximum
one page.
References ( must have over 25)
You may use 25-30 references. Please be selective in your references and use the
most relevant and reliable sources.
Please go through the academic journals listed in the syllabus of the module to find
the academic articles on your topic.
You may also use the textbooks identified in the syllabus and other books.
You may also use the reports of the:
-NGOs (Greenpeace, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, etc.)
-transnational organisations like United Nations or World Business Council
for Sustainable Development, IPCC etc.
-National statistics provided by different states
-Related professional associations (International Air Transport Association,
etc.)
-Labour Unions
-and similar others.
Appendices (if necessary)






You may provide additional documents supporting your arguments in the Appendices
section which follows the Reference List. Appendices section is not included in the
word count.
General advices
It is better if you use the above headings for clarity. You may also have
subheadings to better explain your argument. This may help you group your
findings/ideas and improve the structure of your work.
You may use figures and tables to support your point of view. Please support
your arguments with statistical evidence (based on the reports of different
organisations) wherever you can.
Please be careful about the presentation of your work (Precision in writing, no
typos, no irregularities in the font and margin. You are free to use any font type,
colour, margin as long as they are consistently used throughout the text).
Please use page numbers.
Please maintain the consistency in referencing. Same referencing system needs
to be used throughout the text and in the reference list. If you do not feel
competent in Harvard referencing you may use another referencing system you
are familiar with. But please indicate which referencing system you are using at
the beginning of your work (on the title page).
Your work should comply with 4000 words limit which is subject to 10% variation.
Therefore, you can have maximum 4400 and minimum 3600 words. However,
this should not be your main concern. What is important is that the work satisfies
the stated learning outcomes which are articulated through the assessment
criteria.

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