Planning for Sustainability

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

Recognition of the issues associated with climate change, scarcity of water and other resources, and general environmental problems is on the rise. As companies, governments and the general public heighten their awareness of these issues, the demand for sustainable products and services also increases – the same goes for the planning industry.

This online Open Universities Australia and Curtin University unit on Planning for Sustainability will cover a range of relevant and highly current topics. Learn about climate change and the sustainable cities that aim to combat these environmental changes, and discuss social sustainability. Familiarise yourself with the economic pillar, governance, and concepts such as risk and uncertainty.

Develop an understanding of specific areas such as sustainable planning for water resources, and planning for maintenance of biodiversity. Consider areas such as the theory of ecological resilience, and discuss brown issues on a global scale. Local responses to the need for sustainability will also be covered during this unit.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Areas of study

In this sustainability unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to planning for sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Social sustainability
  • The economic pillar
  • Governance
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Biodiversity planning
  • Sustainable water resource planning
  • Brown issues
  • Sustainability at a local level; resilience theory
  • Sustainable cities

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

As the demand for green services, products and, notably, sustainable cities increases, the demand for employees with an understanding of sustainability issues in the planning industry is set to increase. With the understanding of a wide range of highly relevant topics, which you will acquire during this unit, you will be highly employable.

Your general understanding of both environmental issues and problems associated with urban form and planning will improve during this unit, and you will learn to apply knowledge acquired through sustainability audits and other indicators to your planning projects.

Take this opportunity to develop your critical thinking and analysis skills, as you will be expected to assess the management of sustainability issues and to evaluate the theoretical aspects of both global and local sustainability debates.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Planning for Sustainability from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-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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