Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2018 course information for this course is now available. View 2018 course details.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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This course develops knowledge, understanding and appreciation of, sustainability and climate policy issues in social research and analysis. It assists in career development, preparing students for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts that require social scientific research and analytical skills in sustainability and climate policy. It is designed to complement existing knowledge gained from an undergraduate qualification in any recognised area including business, humanities, sciences and education. It also combines a general qualification with more specific educational opportunities, enabling students learn in a way that best suits existing needs and priorities. It also offers advanced, individualised learning opportunities providing a pathway to the Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy.

Students will achieve the following outcomes from the graduate certificate:

  1. apply a range of relevant disciplinary knowledges to the concept of sustainability in work and community settings
  2. apply critical and analytical skills within a sustainability framework; think creatively to develop practical pathways to sustainability
  3. locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant and reliable information sources on sustainability
  4. communicate ideas and information, verbally and in writing, to a range of target audiences
  5. use communication and research technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
  6. demonstrate a reflexive and adaptive approach to learning; understand second order learning; identify and apply successful learning strategies
  7. recognise the global nature of sustainability and the relationship between global and local sustainability issues; identify and apply international good practice to sustainability
  8. recognise the diverse meanings and applications of the notion of culture to sustainability; respect indigenous culture and its relevance to sustainability; identify the complexities and benefits multiculturalism brings to sustainability; and critique culture as an integrated system of norms that enable or disable sustainability
  9. demonstrate the ability within sustainability practice to work effectively as a team and independently when appropriate; show leadership and apply ethical and professional standards.


A Bachelors degree with an appropriate level of achievement in any field of study from a recognised tertiary education institution is sufficient to apply for any of our courses. Students may also gain entry to the Masters or the Graduate Diploma through completion of the 'Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Policy'.

Professional Work Experience

In some cases, a significant body of professional work will be considered an adequate substitute for a Bachelors degree as an entry point to the Graduate Certificate.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

To qualify for the award of Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy students must complete a total of 10 units: 8 units at Graduate Diploma level; 4 units at Graduate Certificate level.

Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Topics in Sustainability
SCP7011 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Pathways to Sustainability
SCP522 CUR - Sess 2 -

1 This unit was previously known as SCP521.

Complete 3 units from the following 10 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Aboriginal Sustainability
SCP545 CUR - - Sess 3
Urban Design for Sustainability
SCP541 CUR Sess 1 - -
Sustainable Cities
SCP543 CUR Sess 1 - -
Leadership in Sustainability
SCP544 CUR - Sess 2 -
Decarbonising Cities and Regions
SCP546 CUR Coming in 2019
Climate Policy
SCP547 CUR - Sess 2 -
Sustainable Development Goals
SCP548 CUR - Sess 2 -
Sustainability, Climate Change and Economics
SCP549 CUR Sess 1 - -
Topics in Sustainability
SCP7011 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Pathways to Sustainability
SCP522 CUR - Sess 2 -

1 This unit was previously known as SCP521.

Double unit, SCP590 Individual Project used to be part of this course. Students who have completed SCP590 prior to 2016 will have it counted towards their degree. Retired unit, SCP542 Participatory Sustainability used to be an option in this stream. If you have completed this unit, it will be counted towards your degree.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

The course Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy has undergone a major change in the course structure to match the campus course structure.

Students are now required to complete 4 mandatory core units (2x25 credit points & 2x50 credit points) and 6 elective units (150 credits) instead of the previous 12 core units. The units in the current course structure remain the same. All units completed by the students will be counted towards their degree.

For further enquiries, please contact the course coordinator Laura Stocker at Email: or Tel No.: +61 8 92669034.

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