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Bachelor of Arts (Sustainable Development)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Self-paced, max of 10 years

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Arts (Sustainable Development) offered by Open Universities Australia incorporates environmental, economic and community considerations to educate students in the importance of a sustainable approach to growth and development.

With an emphasis on practical solutions, this arts program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to tackling some of the most crucial issues facing the world today: climate change, environmental protection, the use of scarce resources such as water and fossil fuels, and fair and equitable economic growth for communities. Students have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as urban or regional sustainability, overseas aid and development, and climate change.


Anyone may apply.

Areas of study

In this bachelor of arts program, you can study:

  • Food for thought
  • Knowing nature
  • Australia in Asia
  • Wellbeing
  • Ideas in action
  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Approaches to sustainable development
  • Introduction to community development
  • Introduction to economics
  • Australian environmental issues
  • Overseas aid and international development
  • Sustainability ethics
  • Global & regional sustainability
  • Sustainability, ecology and communities
  • Cities and sustainability
  • Creative ways to work with community
  • Social research methods
  • Cities and innovation (2014)
  • Energy in society
  • Greenhouse accounting and life cycle assessment
  • Society, culture and ecology in asia
  • Social research methods
  • Community work across sites, settings and peoples
  • Australian youth culture
  • Projects in community development
  • Community and social policy
  • Overseas aid and international development
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Arts (Sustainable Development) from Murdoch University.

As global concern for environmental, economic and community sustainability mounts, the demand for skilled professionals has never been greater. Upon completion of this bachelor of arts degree, you will have the knowledge and training to progress to a successful career in the State and Commonwealth public sectors; local councils and non-government organisations (NGOs); research institutes; national and international aid organisations; as well as in industry, tourism, media, education and resource sectors of the economy.

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Urban Designer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Urban Planner
  • Regional Planner
  • Agricultural Development Worker

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or scholarships.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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