• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Sustainability, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development
  • Major code SUST-MAJ

High quality, integrative research plays a critical role in identifying pathways towards sustainability. The Sustainability Studies major builds the fundamental understandings and skills necessary to develop research projects that effectively address complex problems of environment and sustainable development. It focuses on a core set of research skills- and design-based courses, with key choices in areas of quantitative, qualitative and spatial approaches. The skills developed in these courses are extended and applied in a wide range of research and policy relevant courses. This is a 'hands-on' major, with many opportunities to conduct small-scale research built into its components.

The major is intended to complement more topic-related minors (e.g. Soil and Land Management, Climate Science and Policy, Environmental Policy) by developing and strengthening broad-based research skills and embedding them in an understanding of the role of research in addressing complex sustainability issues. Its completion at the appropriate level is good preparation for fourth-year Honours, and is recommended for students considering a sustainability-related career or research higher degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Build an understanding of the role of research in sustainability, both within and beyond academic domains.
  2. Learn and apply the fundamental skills and processes of research design, as they apply to sustainability-related challenges.
  3. Learn and apply a range of research methods from different disciplines.
  4. Integrate different forms of disciplinary research into more complex, problem-oriented approaches.
  5. Develop and conduct research both individually and in teams.
  6. Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to communicate research outcomes effectively.

Other Information

Advice for first year students:

Students should complete ENVS1003, ENVS1004 and ENVS1008 in first year.

As an exception, courses listed in this major but not listed in the Science course list will contribute towards the 96 unit Science requirement for students completing the major.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability (6 units)

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS1008 Sustainable Development (6 units)

ENVS3040 Complex Environmental Problems in Action (6 units)

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

ENVS2018 Environmental Science Field School (6 units)

SCNC2201 Optimism and Agency in Times of Change (6 units)

A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ENVS3004 Land and Catchment Management (6 units)

ENVS3005 Water Management (6 units)

ENVS3007 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (6 units)

ENVS3008 Fire in the Environment (6 units)

ENVS3013 Climate Change: Past, Present and Future (6 units)

ENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management (6 units)

ENVS3020 Climate Change Science & Policy (6 units)

ENVS3028 Environmental Policy (6 units)

ENVS3029 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction (6 units)

ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy (6 units)

ENVS3039 Biodiversity Conservation (6 units)

ENVS3041 Managing Forested Landscapes (6 units)

ENVS3045 Social Applications of GIS (6 units)

INDG3001 First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia (6 units)

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