Bachelor of Sustainability

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

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This course presents students with a unique opportunity to contribute to an emerging challenge that we all face - how to make our lives, livelihoods, communities, environments and spaces sustainable.

To meet this challenge, society will need graduates with an awareness and understanding of disciplines from across environmental, social and economic domains. The environmental domain covers the water, air and soil and the biota that inhabit them, while the economic domain deals with the financial and managerial aspects of business and resource decisions. The social domain recognises that people are both the cause of and solution to sustainability issues.

Students will receive practical and theoretical guidance in a set of skills that are essential for solving problems: systems thinking, critical thinking, and decision-making, and will build personal attributes that will enable them to work in teams to generate new ideas and new solutions. Studies will include an emphasis on field-based exercises and workplace learning.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 19 Core units and a Major, with three of the eight units from the Major already included in the Core programme:

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1001 Introduction to Sustainability 15
HST1183 Health, Society and Sustainability 15
GEO1150 Geography and Environment: People, Pattern, Process 15
Select 1 unit from:
SCC1123 ^ Chemistry for the Life Sciences 15
SCC1111 ^ General Chemistry 15

Note: Students who have completed Chemistry ATAR or equivalent should enrol in SCC1111 General Chemistry, all other students should enrol in SCC1123 Chemistry for the Life Sciences.

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1185 Ecology 15
CSV1101 Introduction to Community Work 15
MAN1100 Management 15
ACC1100 Accounting I 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCM2201 Soil and Land Processes 15
SCI2371 Sustainable Water 15
ACS2122 Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment 15
Unit from Major x 1 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAN2610 Managing for Sustainability 15
CSV1102 Introduction to Social Analysis 15
MAN3810 Business Ethics 15
Unit from Major x 1 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Note: Students should select POL3110 Global Politics and the Environment if it is timetabled, otherwise select HIS2140 Slavery: From Ancient Greece to the Modern Global Economy.
POL3110 ^ Global Politics and the Environment 15
HIS2140 ^ Slavery: From Ancient Greece to the Modern Global Economy 15
SCI3307 Waste Management 15
Unit from Major x 2 30

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3453 Sustainable Natural Resource Management 15
ECF3603 Environmental Economics 15
CCA3111 Preparation for Professional Life 15
Unit from Major x 1 15

^ Core Option

Majors you can study in this course

  • Developing Sustainable Communities
  • Humanities and Arts
  • Sustainable Business Management
  • Sustainable Environments

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Address sustainability research questions by identifying, synthesising and applying appropriate knowledge and methods from diverse sources.
  • Analyse values, knowledge, ethical positions and interests of different people and groups of people, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, within the context of global sustainability practice.
  • Apply disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches and frameworks to identify and resolve sustainability challenges.
  • Communicate with diverse groups in various sustainability contexts using a range of written, oral, visual and digital means.
  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of interdependencies between human societies and environments, and sustainability; sustainability challenges and their drivers; and holistic systems thinking and complexity.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice in the context of sustainability.
  • Think critically and creatively in designing and evaluating sustainable alternatives and envisioning sustainable futures.
  • Work independently and collaboratively to participate in decision-making consistent with principles of sustainability.

Career Opportunities

Sustainability officers are employed predominantly by local government, by larger corporations and by consulting firms. Most businesses and industries in Western Australia have sustainability as a business focus with many positions specifically targeting this interdisciplinary area. Lines of employment opportunity include conventional professions such as engineering, environmental management, law and business, as well as in providing qualification profiles for policy analysis and policy development, regional and community development, corporate reporting, risk management, innovation, strategic planning and leadership.

Possible future job titles

Sustainability Officer, Sustainability Practitioner, Sustainability Consultant, Government Officer, Scientific Adviser.

Last updated May 2020

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