2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Sustainable Communities | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

 Bachelor of Sustainable Communities



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

 Faculty of Social Sciences

Intake Session(s):

 Autumn, Spring

Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

 Wollongong / 755255


Complex environmental, economic, societal challenges are confronting global communities and posing real uncertainty about our future pathways. Population growth, food, water and energy security, social and cultural inequality, climate change, environmental risks and resource depletion, economic instability, intensified urbanisation and emergent ‘smart’ technologies all suggest a volatile future. In light of this, communities, governments and organisations face the challenge-filled task of creating just and sustainable communities where environments are protected, equitable social and cultural relations can flourish and economic livelihoods can prosper. The focus on sustainable communities has never been stronger. Graduates with the skills to conceive of and activate solutions are much sought after across the public, private and community sectors.

UOW’s Bachelor of Sustainable Communities, offered through the Faculty of Social Sciences, is a multidisciplinary degree that provides the breadth of understanding necessary to appreciate these 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, Politics and History. You will acquire the knowledge to understand the complexity of challenges facing sustainable communities, and the skills and problem-solving abilities to help plan for, create and maintain them in a volatile world. You will have the opportunity to gain career-relevant skills in practical settings and for overseas study to investigate how other countries are seeking to create and maintain sustainable communities. The degree will position you to make a purposeful difference to creating a sustainable future. Our Sustainable Communities degree is taught by outstanding teachers and researchers. They feed their leading-edge research into their teaching and are passionate about the degree and the issues it addresses. The UOW’s Illawarra context provides an outstanding urban and regional living laboratory in which to explore the challenges of and solutions to sustainable communities.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

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.

Other Information

For further information email: ssc@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 24 November, 2017