Bachelor of Sustainable Communities

Course summary

The Bachelor of Sustainable Communities will provide you with an understanding of the challenges communities face, and the ability to manage them in a volatile world.  You will gain career-relevant skills in a practical setting, and have the opportunity to learn first-hand how other countries are seeking to create and maintain sustainable communities. Our technology-integrated learning ensures that you will graduate with the skills to excel.

What you will study

The Bachelor of Sustainable Communities is a multidisciplinary degree that provides the ability to appreciate complex environmental, economic and societal challenges, and a range of skills needed to provide solutions for sustainable communities.

You will study subjects from disciplines including Human Geography, Social Policy, Health and Society, Cultural Studies, Economics and Commerce, Science and Technology Studies, International Studies and Politics. You will gain skills in logical and critical thinking, creative problem-solving, practical research, computer applications (including geographic information systems), and strong communication skills.


Course information

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3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent


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Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

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IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


2018 Information
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,408
Full Course Fee: $74,448

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English
Recommended studies:

UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.

Admission criteria

Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

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L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


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L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct):29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring


Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate that they possess knowledge, critical perspectives and understanding of ethical practice appropriate to the creation and maintenance of sustainable communities.
2 Integrate, a substantial, broad and coherent knowledge of social aspects of sustainability and an ability to apply that knowledge in support of communities, governments, organisations and other stakeholders.
3 Perform independently, collaboratively and cross-culturally with advanced skills in collecting, interpreting, integrating, analysing, critically evaluating, organizing and presenting knowledge and information.
4 Analyse unpredictable, complex problems, issues and situations; apply logical and critical thinking skills; and form evidence-based judgments regarding possible solutions.
5 Demonstrate high level communications skills and the ability to participate in constructive public and professional debate and engagement.
6 Demonstrate ethical, professional, public and personal conduct and capacity to reflect and direct own learning and practice.

 Course Structure

The Bachelor of Sustainable Communities requires the successful completion of at least 144 credit points, comprising:

  1. 96 credit points of core subjects;
  2. 48 credit points of elective subjects; and
  3. No more than 60 credit points at 100 level.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1
Autumn Session
GEOG121 Human Geography: Life in a Globalising World 6
ECON102 Economics and Society 6
COMM101 Principles of Responsible Business 6
Spring Session
GEOG122 Human Geography: Living in a Material World 6
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6
Plus at least 6 credit points from the following:
POL 150 Government, Power and Political Systems 6
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6
SCIE103 Climate Change 6
An additional 6 credit points may be chosen at 100-level from the following or from the General Schedule*
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6
PHYS154 Energy, Climate Change and Human Society 6
COMM121 Statistics for Business 6
MARK101 Marketing Principles 6
Year 2
Autumn Session
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6
HAS 200 Social Justice in a World of Inequality 6
Spring Session
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6
GEOG224 The Future of Food: Resilience, Communities and Policy 6
GEOG241 Urban Geographies: Just and Sustainable Cities? 6
HAS 202 Introduction to Social Policy 6
Plus at least 6 credit points from the following:
CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6
HAS 261 Crime Prevention 6
GEOG251 Disaster Geographies: Risk, Policy, Management 6
PHIL256 Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics 6
GEOG231 Maps and Apps for Social Scientists 6
POL 221 Australian Politics 6
STS 216 Environmental Sociology and Politics 6
An additional 6 credit points may be chosen at 200-level from the following or from the General Schedule*
HAS 232 Crime and Delinquency 6
INTS200 Model United Nations 6
INTS204 Global Aid and Development: Challenges and Prospects 6
PHIL226 Global Ethics 6
Year 3
Autumn Session
GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6
GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures 6
Spring Session
GEOG337 Environmental and Heritage Management 6
HAS 346 Social Advocacy 6
Plus at least 12 credit points from following:
GEOG339 Geographies of Change: International Fieldwork Intensive 6
GEOG352 Social Science Research Internship 6
CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6
GEOG354 Environmental Crime and Justice 6
STS 302 Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures 6
CST 371 Race and Place 6
GEOG353 Qualitative GIS 6
An additional 12 credit points may be chosen at 300-level from the following or from the General Schedule*
INTS311 Human Security, Global Capitalism and the Environment 6
POL 326 Global Inequality 6
HAS 348 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship 6
MARK320 Social Marketing 6

*General Schedule subjects recommended for this degree include subjects with the prefix HIST, ECON, SOC, STS, INTS, INDS, CST.

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

This degree will position you to take an active role in building a just and sustainable future. It will equip you with the skills to develop and implement real solutions for real problems; skills that are widely sought across the public, private and community sectors.

You will be taught by outstanding teachers and researchers who are able to feed their leading-edge research into their teaching, and are passionate about sustainability and the issues addressed in this degree.

The Illawarra region provides an outstanding urban and regional living laboratory in which to explore the challenges of, and solutions to, sustainable communities.