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

Study area

Geography

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

370

ATAR-SR

75

IB Score

26

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

092391G

UAC Code

755255

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 75 or an IB of 26. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

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.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY 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

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

70

18

18

17

17

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.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$13,296 (2021)

$79,776 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

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 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): TBC (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*
    • *Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
      Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

      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:

      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; and
      2. a minor and 24 credit points of elective subjects, or
        48 credit points of elective subjects.

      No more than 60 credit points of 100 level subjects shall be completed. 

      Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
      Year 1
      Autumn Session
      GEOG121 Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
      ECON102 Economics and Society 6 Autumn, Spring
      COMM101 Principles of Responsible Business 6 Autumn, Spring
      Plus 6 credit points at 100-level from the recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor.
      Spring Session
      GEOG122 Living in a Material World 6 Spring
      GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
      HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
      Plus 6 credit points at 100-level from the recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor.
      Year 2
      Autumn Session
      GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
      GEOG241 Urban Geographies: Just and Sustainable Cities? 6 Autumn
      HAS 200 Social Justice in a World of Inequality 6 Autumn
      Plus 6 credit points at 200-level from the recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor.
      Spring Session
      GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
      GEOG224 The Future of Food: Resilience, Communities and Policy 6 Spring
      HAS 202 Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
      Plus 6 credit points at 200-level from the recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor.
      Year 3
      Autumn Session
      GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6 Autumn
      GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures 6 Autumn
      HAS 346 Social Advocacy 6 Autumn
      Plus 6 credit points at 300-level from the recommended electives, General Schedule or minor.
      Spring Session
      GEOG337 Policy for Environmental and Heritage Management 6 Spring
      Plus 18 credit points at 300-level from the recommended electives, General Schedule or a minor.

      Minors

      Minors are not compulsory in this degree, however students may choose to complete a minor from the following recommended list or from the General Schedule of Minors:

      Electives

      Elective subjects may be chosen from the recommended list below or from the General Schedule. General Schedule subjects recommended for this degree include subjects with the prefix HIST, ECON, SOC, STS, INTS, INDS, CST.

      Recommended electives

      Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
      COMM121 Statistics for Business 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
      HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
      MARK101 Marketing Principles 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
      PHYS154 Energy, Climate Change and Human Society 6 Autumn
      POL 150 Government, Power and Political Systems 6 Autumn
      PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
      SCIE103 Climate Change 6 Spring
      CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
      GEOG231 Maps and Apps for Social Scientists 6 Spring
      GEOG251 Disaster Geographies: Risk, Policy, Management 6 Autumn
      GEOG292 Social Science Research Internship 6 Autumn, Spring
      HAS 261 Crime Prevention 6 Autumn
      INTS200 Model United Nations 6 Autumn
      INTS204 Global Aid and Development: Challenges and Prospects 6 Spring
      PHIL226 Global Ethics 6 Spring
      PHIL256 Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics 6 Spring
      POL 221 Australian Politics 6 Spring
      STS 216 Environmental Sustainability, Risk and Governance 6 Spring
      CST 371 Race and Place 6 Spring
      GEOG335 Directed Studies in Geography and Sustainable Communities A 6 Autumn
      GEOG339 Geographies of Change: International Fieldwork Intensive 6 Autumn, Spring
      GEOG351 Directed Studies in Geography and Sustainable Communities B 6 Spring
      GEOG352 Social Science Research Internship 6 Autumn, Spring
      GEOG353 Qualitative GIS 6 Spring
      GEOG354 Environmental Crime and Justice 6 Autumn

      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.

      Career opportunities
      • Geologist
      • Geographer
      • Research Officer
      • Heritage Officer
      • Policy/Project Officer
      • Hydrologist
      • Tourism and Recreation Planner
      • Geospatial Intelligence Officer
      • Market Researcher
      • Cartographer
      • Climatologist
      • Ranger
      • Environmental Health Officer
      • International Aid Officer
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