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Sustainable Development (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Sustainable Development (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Business and Governance
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Mr Allan Johnstone | Email: A.Johnstone@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6278

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sustainable Development
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description This course aims to train the next generation of sustainability leaders for world-changing work in Australia and overseas. Students explore the environmental, economic, social and cultural dimensions of sustainability, and develop a wide range of much-needed green skills. Areas covered include urban and rural sustainability, sustainability ethics and economics, and sustainable lifestyles and behaviour change. The emphasis is on giving students the sustainability expertise needed to 'make a difference' within communities and regions and at the global level.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
MLO 1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Sustainable Development major demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of:
a) the theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry within Sustainable Development;
b) the causes of 'non-sustainability' and how best to make a transition to genuinely sustainable ways of living and producing;
c) local, regional and global sustainability issues and practices; and
d) the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in responding imaginatively to these sustainability issues and in developing sustainability practices.

SKILLS
MLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sustainable Development are effective communicators who demonstrate:
a) proficiency in developing visions, policies and initiatives that can enhance;
b) sustainability globally, regionally, locally, and within our personal lives; and
c) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences.

MLO 3 - Graduates of the Sustainable Development major gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources, demonstrating:
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking; and
b) expertise in a variety of methodological approaches to sustainability research and practice.

4. Graduates of the Sustainable Development major demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through:
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry;
b) critical self-reflection;
c) creative problem solving; and
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences.

5. Graduates of the Sustainable Development major have well-developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to:
a) give and receive critical feedback;
b) work effectively within team environments; and
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others.

6. Graduates of the Sustainable Development major demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and
perspectives of others.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects There are increasing employment opportunities for graduates who are knowledgeable, skilled and passionate about sustainable development, at federal, state and local government, in non-government organisations, international agencies, corporations, local business and the media.
Recommended Double Majors Community Development; Conservation and Wildlife Biology; Environmental Management and Sustainability; International Aid and Development
Excluded Minors Environmental Issues
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

SUS100 Introduction to Sustainable Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

COD125 Introduction to Community Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 12 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.
Recommended General elective:
BIO103 Introduction to Environmental Biology

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

SUS203 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS207 Overseas Aid and International Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV245 Global and Regional Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.
Recommended General elective:

TOU221 Sustainable Tourism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

AIS206 Country, Nature and Identity: Indigenous Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

SUS305 Economics of Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: W-internal, W-external

SUS310 Sustainable Urban Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS301 Resilient Regions: Sustainability in Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal, SUM-external, U-internal, U-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Recommended General Electives

AST350 Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS331 Sustainable Development Internship Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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