James Cook University

Bachelor of Sustainability (Social Science)

On Campus - Cairns City, Queensland, Australia

James Cook University
Enrolment Date(s):
1 February, 1 July 2017
3 Years
Enrolment deadline:
8 Dec 2016

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Course description

Sustainability is a global balancing act between economic growth, social wellbeing and environmental conservation. Complex worldwide environmental problems make sustainability increasingly important.

JCU is recognised as an international incubator for sustainability research and future leaders. Our commitment to sustainable ecological, social and economic advances is the driving force behind our dedicated Bachelor of Sustainability.

Sought-after interdisciplinary skills

Global focus on sustainable industry and communities has never been higher. Solving sustainability challenges demands professionals with multidisciplinary capabilities. This is what our sustainability degree is all about.

Our curriculum includes contributions from several disciplines including:

  • conservation and environmental science

  • marine and tropical biology

  • planning and natural resource management

  • social science

  • business and law

  • anthropology

The power of place

Situated in the heart of tropical north Queensland, JCU offers an unrivalled learning setting. You will be uniquely qualified to understand sustainability issues within tropical and marine environments.

On JCU’s doorstep you will examine sustainability in ‘living laboratories’ like:

  • a variety of contested tropical landscapes, including agricultural, urban, rural and Indigenous communities

  • diverse marine environments, including the Great Barrier Reef

  • complex hydrological and climate regimes

  • World Heritage rainforests of the wet tropics

  • sprawling outback and tropical savannas.

Cairns campus

Our campus region of Cairns itself presents a sustainable city case study. Against the backdrop of a growing population and the highest biodiversity in Australia, several initiatives drive local sustainability.

You’ll gain hands-on immersion in emerging ‘green’ industries like sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism.

You will graduate from JCU uniquely qualified in tropical sustainability issues, yet your degree is portable enough to take you anywhere in the world.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Sustainability at James Cook University is one of only a few undergraduate degree programs sufficiently innovative and multidisciplinary to give students an employment edge in becoming sustainability practitioners.

”Sustainability is no longer treated within companies as a specialist subject but as an integrated, core business concern”

– Lisa Tarry, Managing Director of Turning Green Recruitment. The Australian Newspaper, March 2011.

Graduates will have the opportunity to take on strategic and policy roles in both government and private industry where they may meet such challenges head-on.

Prospective employers include all tiers of government, commerce and industry, and a broad range of environmental-related roles such as:

  • policy advisers

  • planning and research officers in local, state or federal government

  • environmental protection agencies

  • cultural and natural heritage management

  • land and water management

  • natural resource management

  • community development

  • commerce and industry

  • environmental consultancies

  • research careers with CSIRO, universities and industries e.g. mining.

Entry requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (4,SA),

Maths B desirable

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Guidelines for Bachelor degrees.

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures at http://www.jcu.edu.au/polic

Enrolment instruction

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5 is required (Band 1 at JCU). Students scoring below this may be offered up to six months intensive language training prior to admission to the course.