Why study the Bachelor of Sustainability at UNE?
The Bachelor of Sustainability at UNE provides a unique opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of sustainability in a holistic manner, integrating the social sciences and humanities with the environmental sciences and natural resource management.
Going beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and transcending the old ‘arts-sciences’ divide, we adopt a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to sustainability, and graduates gain an understanding of social and community sustainability as well as ecologically sustainable development – a great advantage in the growing ‘green collar’ job market.
UNE was the first university in Australia to offer this degree and ours remains a step-ahead, offering targeted, career-orientated majors depending on whether you would like to work with communities, design and implement policy, or work in environmental protection or cultural heritage management. Whether you would like to work in the public sector, private sector or in the non-government field, the potential avenues are endless.
Workplace experience is facilitated during the degree and you can also draw upon the expertise of our industry-based Course Advisory Committee as well as the guidance and mentorship of our cutting-edge researchers and academics. Our staff are at the forefront of their fields, they are passionate about sustainability and as well as teaching, they also conduct research in: ecosystems, environmental law and policy, carbon and water trading and climate change – and these are just a few examples!
UNE has a long history of supporting social and economic well-being and environmental health right across Australia. This was recognised at the 2010 NSW Green Globe awards, where UNE received a 10 year sustainability certificate for its extensive accomplishments in resource management and education for sustainability.
So, if you would like to work with people in building a better world then this degree is for you! You will be equipped with the ability to understand the complexities of the environmental and social problems which beset our society, as well as the problem-solving abilities needed to build a sustainable future.
You will study a diverse variety of subjects from a broad range of disciplines, together providing a unique focus on sustainability integrating environmental management, geography, law, psychology, social science, economics and policy studies. You can major in Environmental Resilience, Environmental Governance, Governance and Regulation, Community Engagement and Development or Cultural Heritage Management. Each degree has mandatory subjects and you can supplement these with your choice of electives, and you may also undertake work placements if you wish. Read on for more details!
The Bachelor of Sustainability is an interdisciplinary degree that offers a solid academic grounding and vocational qualification. Career opportunities include positions in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including roles as sustainability and environment officers, policy advisers, planning and research officers for state/federal government, government planning and environment departments, environmental protection agencies, cultural and natural heritage management, environmental conservation, land and water management, natural resource management, community development, commercial industry, environmental consultancies, mining, research careers with CSIRO, universities and industries.
The five majors in the degree provide opportunities to specialise in particular areas.
The Community Engagement and Development major provides a focus on public education, engagement and participation to enable you to pursue a career in this area.
The Cultural Heritage Management major provides a focus on Indigenous and public heritage management to enable you to pursue a career in this area.
The Environmental Governance major provides a focus on integrating the social and environmental aspects of sustainability to enable you to pursue a career in environmental governance and policy.
The Environmental Resilience major provides a focus on the environmental aspects of sustainability to enable you to pursue a career in environmental policy.
The Governance and Regulation major provides a focus on the policy and regulatory arena to enable you to pursue a career in this area.
Students can also undertake workplace experience during the degree.