Diploma of Sustainable Living
Help our planet last longer
Think about your experiences as an individual, consumer and citizen in terms of sustainability at a range of scales; regional, nationally and globally. Discover tools to bring sustainability to life. Consider social justice, equity and diversity.
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- 04 Jun 23
- 25 Jun 23
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Identify opportunities to contribute to sustainable living by reflecting on the choices you make in your life
- Design practical pathways of transformative change for sustainable living
- Explain the impact your day-to-day activities and decisions have on contributing to the global agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Explain the contribution of disciplinary knowledge of environments, people or societies to sustainable living
As a graduate of the Diploma of Sustainable Living you will possess new skills, outlooks on living, and a deeper understanding of sustainability in an ever changing world which will complement your existing career direction.
Where to from here? Further study options for those interested in sustainability.
Completing a Diploma in Sustainable Living and looking for your next step? Develop the skills to build a better future and continue your passion for sustainability with further study in one of these suggested programs:
- Major or elective subjects in Geography and Environment
- Major in Tourism Management, and include a second major or elective subjects in Geography and Environment
Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness
- Major in Natural Environment Management
- Major in Sustainability
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 2 OUA open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified.
Domestic Applicants with higher education study - Completed at least one undergraduate subject (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points) wtihin an equivalent AQF Level course or higher.
Completed the TCE (or equivalent) .
Successful completion of Certificate III or higher.
Work and Life
Domestic Applicants with work and life experience: If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have extensive or sustained work experience.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
The Diploma of Sustainable Living aims to link participants’ lived experience as an individual, consumer and citizen with learning for sustainability at a range of scales; regional, nationally and globally. The curriculum is structured around six narratives that are linked with selected UN Sustainable Development goals and include: sustainability at home; sustainability in the environment; sustainability as a social enterprise; sustainability to empower transformative change; sustainability and justice; and, sustainability and human health.
Throughout this program, students learn practical knowledge about sustainability, and how to apply it to in their home, community, business and/or social enterprise.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended.
Completion of 8 subjects from the schedule below:
- 2 core subjects
- TAS-HEJ111 Communicating Sustainability
- TAS-KGA107 Local Lives for a Sustainable Planet
- Choose 6 subjects from the following list:
- TAS-CSA120 Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society
- TAS-CZZ104 Living and Working with Cultural Diversity
- TAS-HSS113 Indigenous Lifeworlds: Sovereignty, Justice, Society
- TAS-HUM111 Engaging with Sustainability
- TAS-KDA101 Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses
- TAS-KDA102 Sustainable Design for Houses and Landscapes
- TAS-KGA104 Introduction to the Science of Climate Change
- TAS-KGA105 Responding to Climate Change
- TAS-KPZ001 Science of Gardening
- TAS-KPZ003 Science of Gardening 2
- TAS-KPZ006 Backyard Biodiversity
- TAS-KPZ104 Living with Fire
- TAS-KSM002 Science of Fishing 1
- TAS-KSM003 Science of Fishing 2
- TAS-XBR102 Developing your Creative and Entrepreneurial Potential
- TAS-XBR103 Global Food Security
- TAS-XBR112 Humans: Earth Shapers
- TAS-XBR117 Energy
- TAS-ZAS112 Understanding Science
- TAS-ZAS118 Sustainability
In order to graduate with the Diploma, students must study 8 subjects in total - two core subjects, HEJ111 and KGA107 (a total of 25 credit points), and 6 electives of their choice (75 credit points), equating to a total of 100 credit points. This needs to be completed within 1-3 years from commencement.
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This degree offers Open access entry, exclusive to Open Universities Australia.
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