Bachelor of Arts (Sustainable Development)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: Self-paced, max of 10 years
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Awarded by: Murdoch University

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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.

Eligibility

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 aross sites, settings and peoples
  • Australian youth culture
  • Projects in community development
  • Community and social policy
  • Overseas aid and international development

Study periods

Open Universities courses are offered in specific study intakes every year, known as Study Periods or Sessions. This means more flexibility as you can choose when to start studying. If you are studying undergraduate units you can start at the beginning of any of the four Study Periods each year, each lasting 13 weeks.

Exams are usually held in the week following the end of each Study Period or Session.

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How will this course advance my career?

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.

How else will I benefit from this degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Arts (Sustainable Development) from Murdoch University, as if you had studied on campus.
  • Flexible study: studying by correspondence means you study on your terms – at a time and place that suits you.
  • Government financial support available through FEE-HELP.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
  • Studying with OUA allows you the opportunity to study single units.

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Financial options

This course is eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which includes HECS-HELP government financial assistance.

Alternatively, you may submit a general application, which allows you to select from a number of payment methods, including upfront payment, or deferring the cost of your studies with FEE-HELP.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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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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.

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