FST230 - Sustainable Fashion

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Subject Title
Sustainable Fashion

Subject Description
In this subject, students will explore the ethical challenges facing the fashion industry today. Sustainable Fashion examines the fashion industry within the context of social responsibility, sustainable design and manufacturing practices. The ecological and social impact of the fashion industry is examined both locally and globally. Various models of manufacturing and distribution are compared to measure their environmental footprint and cultural repercussions. The business practices in developing nations of the multinational megabrands are contrasted with indigenous sewing collectives, which attempt to revive local craft skills, as well as provide employment. Green design is also explored through analysis of eco-friendly materials, packaging and technological innovation.

Credit Status
1 Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize and explain the changes environmental concerns are having on garment design production and distribution;
  2. Discuss the ethical challenges facing the fashion industry;
  3. Identify sustainable solutions being practiced today and proposed for the future;
  4. Describe the impact the green revolution is having on the fashion retailer;
  5. Discuss consumer behaviour and consumption relevant to social responsibility, recycling, and valuing of local resources;
  6. Demonstrate the ability to work within assigned time frames to meet deadlines.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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