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Sustainable Development (BA)

  • B1356BACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Sustainable Development (BA)
Course Code B1356
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Global Studies
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. You'll 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 you the sustainability expertise needed to 'make a difference' within communities and regions and at the global level.
The Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch is a degree unlike any other in Australia. It embraces new directions in teaching and practice-based learning to train the thinkers and researchers of the 21st century. So many of the biggest and most vital issues we face today are about human society and the human condition. How can we understand who we are, how we want to live, or what kind of society we want to create, without the insights, knowledge and skills provided by the humanities? Our degree is different because we teach our students to put these into practice in a way that is recognised and valued by employers. Our graduates are empowered to be the agile and creative thinkers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world. They are able to think creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects, exercise highly-developed analytical and interpersonal skills, and they possess an in-depth knowledge of contemporary societal issues and trends. These are professional skills which are recognised and valued universally. In short, you can study what you love and get a job too!
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 [1] Demonstrate substantive knowledge of the history and evolution of sustainable development thinking and practice.
[2] Develop and manage sustainable development projects of increasing complexity, working both independently and collaboratively.
[3] Construct compelling arguments that support change-making for sustainability.
[4] Formulate clear and persuasive written and spoken communication for community and professional audiences, using a range of appropriate styles and formats.
[5] Engage with complex and often controversial sustainability issues in ways that are respectful, collaborative, ethical, and interdisciplinary.
[6] Apply a wide range of sustainable development principles and practices at the local, regional and global levels.

Course Learning Outcomes Students will:

LO 01 Possess broad and coherent knowledge of the content, theoretical perspectives, research methods and practices of a discipline in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 02 Design and manage self-directed projects of increasing sophistication involving both independent inquiry and collaborative work.
LO 03 Construct critically reflective arguments that identify, analyse and evaluate complex issues, texts and data in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 04 Persuasively communicate complex information, concepts and problems through clear and accurate written work, creative artefacts and verbal presentations.
LO 05 Recognise and practice well-developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds.
LO 06 Develop innovative and imaginative approaches to the application of knowledge and skills in the arts, humanities and social sciences to a range of practical tasks and experiences.
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 Conservation and Wildlife Biology; Environmental Management and Sustainability
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

Course Core - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 9 credit points

Spine Unit - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Course Core Units - 6 credit points

ART101 Coming into Community - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

OR

ART102 Inventing the Future - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Spine Units - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

ART208 Presenting in Public: Writing and Performing for Professional Contexts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ART325 Professional Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

AIS308 Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

COD303 Preparing for Professional Community Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

AST384 Asian Studies Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external

Course Core Units - 9 credit points

ART201 Global Citizenship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ART202 The Weight of Data - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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

Major Units - 24 credit points

Options - 24 credit points

Select from any of the available Majors, Co-Majors or Minors

Major Structure - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 6 credit points

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

200 Level Units - 9 credit points

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

300 Level Units - 9 credit points

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

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