Introduction to Sustainable Development

Online Short Course

R7 830.00

Course Fees
8 weeks


In Business and environmentally, the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development cannot be learned in isolation. These concepts are tied in by global economic development and policies, environmental management, energy and mining which makes sustainable development a cross-sectoral field in a truly globalised world.

By taking this Introduction to Sustainable Development online short course, you will foster and develop an understanding of sustainable development principles in workplace settings, understand how businesses seek to adhere to the new legislation as well as international best practices. By the end of this course, you will be endorsed with the skills that are scarce and valued.


Sustainability is a broad discipline, including aspects of the human world from business to technology to the environment and the social sciences.

The field of environmental and business sustainability looks at reducing carbon emissions, discovering and developing the technologies of the future. Sustainability draws on politics, economics, philosophy and other social sciences as well as the hard sciences.

Sustainability skills and environmental awareness is a priority in many corporate jobs at the graduate level and as businesses seek to adhere to the new legislation as well as international best practices.

Subject Expert

Farrah Feldman is an environmental science and adult education consultant based in Cape Town. She has a National Diploma and BTech in Nature Conservation from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as well as Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education from the University of Cape Town.

Farrah has 14 years of experience in biodiversity conservation, sustainability development and adult education in South Africa. She has supplemented all of her knowledge with additional short courses to enhance her practical skills base. She has travelled throughout South Africa working on pre-construction Wind Energy Facility sites, participated in various national environmental skills forums, and developed cross-sectoral course material for diplomas in environmental management, health and safety, construction management as well as agriculture. Farrah has worked with Eskom, Trans-Africa Projects, City of Cape Town, WWF-SA, Conservation International, NCC Environmental Services as well as other partners over her career.

Tutor Support

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience.

The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.

Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software application requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. Damelin Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes.

Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing our course content.

How You Will Learn

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules, designed to assist you throughout your learning process through diverse learning activities:

  • Learn through all your interactive course notes
  • Review case studies and supplementary resources
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of course video lectures presented by our Subject Matter Experts
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Course Facilitator via the discussion forum and Zoom webinars


Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will receive the recognition of your knowledge and skills with a Damelin Certificate of Competence. Your certificate of competence will be issued in your registered name and will be couriered at no additional cost.

You will be required to complete a series of assessments that will be facilitated through our virtual learning environment. Your course handbook will be made available to you once you have commenced with your short learning programme.


  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    An Introduction to Sustainability
  • MODULE 2
    The Environment, Ethics and Climate Change
  • MODULE 3
    Energy and Mining
  • MODULE 4
    Water and Agriculture
  • MODULE 5
    Environmental Policy and Business Practice
  • MODULE 6
    Measuring Sustainability
  • MODULE 7

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