James Cook University-FAESS

Bachelor of Sustainability (Social Science)

On Campus - Cairns City, Queensland, Australia

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

Course description

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Sustainability at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge of tropics-related sustainability and sustainable development, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in the discipline of science, business or social science

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of sustainability and tropical sustainable futures in local, regional and global society

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of problem-oriented sustainability approaches, including stakeholder analysis, values clarification, community engagement and partnerships, interdisciplinary collaboration, and systems and futures thinking

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments and/or field work and/or a sustainability investigation, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as appropriate to one or more disciplines.

  • Organise, analyse and interpret sustainability data using mathematical, statistical and/or technological skills

  • Convey ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems relating to sustainability of tropical communities and regions by applying knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement

  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

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

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

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.