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Bachelor of Sustainability

Cairns Singapore Townsville

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Daintree Rainforest Observatory (DRS) Research Facility

Imagine… you can gain the skills that will enable you to be part of the solution. Study a JCU Bachelor of Sustainability, a unique course that offers you: • The multidisciplinary skills required to enter the fast-growing green sector field of sustainability • Qualifications that will equip you to build a respected and well-paid career • Diverse career options that will enable you to make an impact in today’s complex world.

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About the course So you are thinking about studying the JCU Bachelor of Sustainability. Your multidisciplinary studies will include environmental science, marine and tropical biology, ecology, social sciences, business, law, anthropology and tourism, with your choice of a disciplinary major. You will have the chance to participate in relevant and enjoyable field trips and important research. Working from JCU’s perfectly-located Cairns campus, you will gain a broad understanding of sustainability issues combined with competence in a specialisation that will enable you to influence policies, programs and corporate direction. Your options are, quite simply, amazing!

Fieldwork, projects You’ll have the chance to take part in a number of essential practical, skillbuilding exercises, including fieldwork, project work and work integrated learning. You will also undertake a local sustainability project examining its ecological, social and economic dimensions. Many projects will be communitybased and may be supported by a community organisation such as a local environment group. • Destinations for field trips and off-campus research facilities may include: • T he Daintree Rainforest Observatory, which is located 140km north of the Cairns campus in an area rich with biodiversity. It boasts a 47 metre-high canopy crane ideal for accessing the tall reaches of the rainforest canopy. • O  rpheus Island Research Station with its laboratories, accommodation, teaching rooms, dive equipment, and research vessels. • F letcherview, JCU’s working cattle station near Charters Towers, where you can work with the animals or gain an understanding of the unique geological features of the property. • The World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. • and much more…

International opportunities

Your career choices Graduate with the knowledge required to take on an amazing array of careers. You’ll be able to choose from strategic and policy roles in both government and private industry where you’ll be part of the solutions to worldwide sustainability challenges. Prospective employers include all tiers of government, commerce and industry, and a broad range of environmental-related roles such as: • Land and water management • Natural resource management • Community development • Environmental consultancies • Planning and research officers in local, state or federal government • Environmental protection agencies • Cultural and natural heritage management • Policy advisers • Commerce and industry • Academia.

JCU is a leader in the field of Sustainability education. The university has forged international links that deliver amazing opportunities you can take advantage of. Through the Global Environmental Sustainability Project, which is a three-year mobility project with partners in the UK, Austria, Poland, Denmark and Australia, JCU students have the opportunity to study sustainability issues in Europe for one semester with one of four European partners: • University of Copenhagen (Denmark) • University of Dundee (Scotland, UK) • Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria) • University of Wroclaw (Poland).

Honours and further studies Why not challenge yourself to achieve an invitation to complete an Honours year (Level 4)? Adding an Honours year to your CV increases your chance of getting your dream job even further. The Bachelor of Sustainability Honours year will require you to complete an Honours thesis. Depending on your disciplinary selection, the thesis would be co-supervised, with the Sustainability Program Coordinator. Work integrated learning (or professional placement) is available during third year and if you go on to complete an Honours year. This gives you the opportunity to conduct part of your studies within a government or commercial organisation.

Larni Gryphon Studying Bachelor of Sustainability

“I chose to study the Bachelor of Sustainability at JCU because I believe that values-based leadership has huge implications for business, society and the environment.�

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Inspirational Lecturers JCU’s inspirational lecturers understand that Sustainability is widely regarded as providing the best possible means for tackling the world’s most pressing problems in a socially just and environmentally sensitive manner, while maintaining acceptable standards of living. You’ll benefit from their academic qualifications and extensive practical experience, and their ability to share knowledge will equip you to take your place as leaders in addressing significant worldwide sustainability issues.



Federation Fellow

Landscape Ecologist & Senior Lecturer



With extensive training as a geologist, and a PhD in environmental geochemistry, Professor Bird has taught in his chosen field at various international and Australian universities including the Australian National University, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Professor Bird’s research interests include the global carbon cycle on a range of timescales, and understanding the trajectory of past and future environmental change in the tropics. His vision for the Bachelor of Sustainability is clear:

Dr Laurance is a landscape ecologist and has studied the effects of habitat fragmentation, wildlife corridors, roads, logging and climate change on plant and wildlife communities in a variety of tropical environments in Brazil and Australia. She is a former postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Brazil’s National Institute for Amazonian Research, and a current member of the executive council of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

“There is a significant increase in the need for people with these skills in the workplace, and what we aim to produce is a network of people who understand sustainability, who have expertise in at least one field and can work together to develop solutions.”

“At JCU we have a lot of quality researchers who have spent years working in tropical ecosystems, and with tropical peoples in Australia and the world, so having that international perspective in a small university is really unique and a great asset.”

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Australian Laureate & Distinguished Research Professor

Professor in Business Studies & Principal Research Fellow

SCHOOL OF MARINE AND TROPICAL BIOLOGY Professor Laurance is a leading conservation biologist who has worked internationally on numerous high-profile threats to tropical forests in the Amazon, Central America, Africa, and Australasia. With five books and more than 300 scientific articles to his credit, Professor Laurance joined James Cook University from the U.S. Smithsonian Institution, where he was Senior Staff Scientist. He was recently elected to hold the Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation.

“A dedicated Bachelor of Sustainability is highly relevant in our contemporary world, and will see our graduates tackling real-world issues of true urgency—trying to solve serious problems in a world that is attempting to balance pressing environmental and societal concerns.”



Professor Moscardo obtained her PhD at James Cook University, and currently works with a team of researchers in the tourism program on areas including: understanding and evaluating how tourism can be used in sustainable regional development, and cross-cultural dimensions of interpretation. Her main areas of interests include the human dimensions of wildlife-based tourism; marine tourism and recreation; regional tourism planning and development; and tourism impacts and monitoring.

Currently honorary Treasurer of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Asia-Pacific Chapter, over the past 15 years Professor Turton has also led several research groups within the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre and Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility. His own research has a strong emphasis on sustainable use, planning and management of tropical forest landscapes in north Queensland, particularly in relation to land use and climate change. Having played an integral role in the development of the Bachelor of Sustainability, Professor Turton says,

“Sustainability is a major challenge for people in all sectors because it deals with complex problems that require multi-disciplinary approaches, which JCU is well-equipped to address because it is small enough to allow for genuine collaboration between people in different disciplines seeking to address sustainability.”

“My hope is that our first cohort of graduates will be ambassadors for sustainability, and will enter the workforce well equipped to deal with some of the greatest challenges facing business, the community, industry, and government at all levels.”

Course structure Bachelor of Sustainability ** CAMPUS: Cairns

Bachelor of Sustainability JCU – Leading the way JCU is one of just two Australian universities to offer a Bachelor of Sustainability at the undergraduate level. This is a world-leading, multidisciplinary sustainability program unique to the Australian tertiary sector. JCU has received the Australian Government’s highest ranking* of ‘well above world standard’ for its research in the areas of environmental science and management and ecological applications. The University’s commitment to sustainability is clearly demonstrated, by the quality of scientific expertise, combined with its high-quality social and economic teaching capacity. * Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) national report, 2012

MODE: on campus; full time or part time DURATION: 3 years full time

• Economics for Sustainable Business • Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics




LEVEL 2 • Culture, Knowledge & Environment • Ecology: Distribution, Abundance and Diversity • Introduction to Environment Economics • Cradle to Grave: Population, Economy & Environment • The Case for Sustainability

Plus one subject from the following: • Project Management • Environmental Law & Policy LEVEL 3 • Agroecology • Foundations of Natural Resource Management • Sustainability in Practice • Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice

Studying in Cairns


The University’s spectacular location in the tropics sets it apart from any other university in the world. The Cairns campus is close to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Great Barrier Reef flanks the North Queensland coast, covers more than 35 million hectares, and is home to a vast array of coral formations, islands and marine life. The Wet Tropics region includes spectacular rainforests, mountains, waterfalls and rivers, with ancient and rare plant and animal species. Inland to the west lie the vast, rugged expanse of the savannahs of the dry tropics.

• Quantitative Methods in Biology

The bottom line? Geographically and academically, JCU’s Cairns campus is in the perfect location and has the worldleading academics, to deliver a hands-on sustainability course that will equip you to ‘Be Part of the Solution’.

A career in sustainability Be amongst the first to gain qualifications in the fastgrowing sector of sustainable development. Today, jobs are being created that simply did not exist until very recently. You’ll be part of the solutions required to reconcile environmental, social and economic world needs. You’ll gain knowledge and strategies to address habitat destruction, biodiversity decline, degradation of natural resources, rapid human population growth, widespread poverty and disease, decline of fossil fuels, food security, human-induced climate change (to name just a few). These are all serious challenges in the current age. Understanding how best to address these issues is paramount and is best achieved by adhering to the core principles of sustainability – environmental, social and economic – and delivering on all three of these to ensure humanity moves forward with the capacity to endure on all levels.


Select two subjects from the following: • People and Management • Business Negotiation • Project Management • Tourism and Leisure Management • Managing Consumer Markets LEVEL 3

Select four subjects from the following: • Economic Growth and Sustainable Development • Organisational Behaviour • Strategic Entrepreneurship • Management and Leadership • Destination Management and Planning • Employment Relations SOCIAL SCIENCE MAJOR CORE SOCIAL SCIENCE SUBJECTS LEVEL 1 • Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place • Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences OPTIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE SUBJECTS LEVEL 2

Select two subjects from the following:

• Diversity of Life • Preparatory Mathematics • Systems Modelling and Visualisation

• Globalisation – Historical Perspectives • Environmental History • Ecology and Australian Indigenous Cultures • Policy Analysis and Management • Qualitative Research • Social Survey Design and Analysis



Select one subject from the following:

Select two subjects from the following:


Select two subjects from the following:

• Biodiversity of Tropical Australia • Restoration Ecology • Adapting to Environmental Challenges • Evolutionary Biology • From Icehouse to Greenhouse • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems • Ecology and Australian Cultures • Invertebrate Biology

• Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation • Indigenous Family Wellbeing and Community Development • Policy Analysis and Management


This is an optional year, which will follow the honours program of the student’s chosen discipline, that is, Science, Business or Social Science.

Select 4 subjects from the following: • Sustainable Aquaculture • Conservation Biology • Field Ecology • Ecological Research Methods • Disasters: Vulnerability, Mitigation and Planning • Tropical Flora of Australia • Tropical Entomology • Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation • Environmental and Regional Planning • Environmental Impact Assessment • Indigenous Environmental Management • Earth and Environmental Chemistry • Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment • Professional Placement – Work Integrated Learning

Plus select two subjects from any Level 3 AN, IA and PL subjects. HONOURS YEAR

**Course structure information is included as an indicator of course content only and is subject to change.

For more information contact: COURSE ENQUIRIES JCU Cairns campus Student Centre T. 1800 246 446 E. W.

The information in this brochure is intended as a general guide and was correct at the time of printing. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and availability of courses. JCU reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirements without prior notice. ©James Cook University, March 2013, CRICOS Provider Number : 00117J

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