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A lesson in sustainable transport – have we been killing penguins?

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Term 2 (Thursday, 7-9pm)

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Course Dates

18th January 2018 – 22nd February 2018

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Course Leader

Tafta Nugraha
Course Description

Course overview

“Have we been killing penguins?” Not intentionally, perhaps, but nonetheless our means of mobility have an impact on society and the environment which substantially contributes to global warming. Global warming, in turn, is changing the global climate, particularly in the Antarctic where thousands of penguins are losing their home and source of food. How do we stop this? Clearly, stopping travelling altogether is not the answer, so how can we improve the sustainability of our daily travelling behaviour?


This module provides a series of lessons in sustainable transport. You will learn the economic theories behind sustainable transport and practice them in your daily life. You will be able to critically measure the sustainability impact of your travel behaviour and understand how you can improve this behaviour. You will also gain an understanding of the current studies and practices in global efforts to introduce sustainable transport solutions.


Aims and learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will have:

  • An understanding on the importance of sustainable transport
  • Critical skills to assess your travelling behaviour and make the necessary changes
  • Critical skills to assess government policies and how they might affect sustainable transport
  • A sound knowledge on theories behind sustainable transport and its global practices

Summary of teaching and learning methods

In all sessions, there will be brief presentations on the theoretical concepts followed by class discussions on how these apply in day-to-day life.


There will be two travel diary exercises. In the first exercise we will record our current travelling behaviour and then measure and discuss the impact of our travelling behaviour. This exercise will also help student identify what individuals can do to improve their traveling sustainability. In the second exercise we will again record our travel behaviour, this time making deliberate efforts to make more sustainable choices. This exercise will support a class discussion on the obstacles to making these sustainable choices and develop an understanding of the required societal and institutional changes required to enable sustainable transport.


The last two sessions will be case studies. In the first case study we will dissect the complex role of ports in improving and/or decaying sustainability and touch on the geographic side of sustainable transport. In the second case study we will dissect congestion charges schemes as the overarching economic solution to facilitating sustainable transport.



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