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Bachelor of Sustainability

Course code C55

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.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

C55

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $8,750

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C55

CRICOS code

079110G

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,550

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

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 program:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1001Introduction to Sustainability15
HST1183Health, Society and Sustainability15
GEO1150Geography and Environment: People, Pattern, Process15
Select 1 unit from:
SCC1123 ^Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
SCC1111 ^General Chemistry15

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
SCI1185Ecology15
CSV1101Introduction to Community Work15
MAN1100Management 15
ACC1100Accounting I15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCM2201Soil and Land Processes15
SCI2371Sustainable Water15
ACS2122Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment15
Unit from Majorx 115
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAN2610Managing for Sustainability15
CSV1102Introduction to Social Analysis15
MAN3810Business Ethics15
Unit from Majorx 115
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit 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 Environment15
HIS2140 ^Slavery: From Ancient Greece to the Modern Global Economy15
SCI3307Waste Management15
Unit from Majorx 230
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI3453Sustainable Natural Resource Management15
ECF3603Environmental Economics15
CCA3111Preparation for Professional Life15
Unit from Majorx 115

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Address sustainability research questions by identifying, synthesising and applying appropriate knowledge and methods from diverse sources
  2. 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.
  3. Apply disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches and frameworks to identify and resolve sustainability challenges.
  4. Communicate with diverse groups in various sustainability contexts using a range of written, oral, visual and digital means.
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice in the context of sustainability.
  7. Think critically and creatively in designing and evaluating sustainable alternatives and envisioning sustainable futures
  8. Work independently and collaboratively to participate in decision-making consistent with principles of sustainability

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $8,750 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,550 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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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

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