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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Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon successful completion of this diploma, students should be able to:
- Identify opportunities to contribute to sustainable living by reflecting on the choices you make in your life
- Design pathways to a sustainable future for communities with networks of social practice around 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
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 five 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.
Open enrolment subjects
Successful completion of at least 2 of the following subjects through OUA:
- KAA106, ZAS112 and/or KDA101
Applicants will be assessed on prior study history and/or a personal competency statement.
Applicants may be assessed on prior study including ATAR from previous Year 11/12 studies; and/or
Proficiency in English reading and writing equivalent to Reading Level 4.03 and Writing Level 3.06 and Numeracy Level 3 (all aspects) according to the Australian Core Skills Framework
Assessment may be made on the basis of TAFE study (Cert III or higher)
Work and Life
Applicants may be assessed on a personal competency statement demonstrating equivalent to the above through work or other 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.
Sustainability is a process of inquiry that promotes and integrates economic, environmental, social, cultural learning and practices that service positive living in society both now and in the future. 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 five 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.
All students study an introductory unit on sustainability to provide a foundation to their study in the discipline and a capstone unit that integrates their learning and is aligned to the UN sustainability goals to build literacy of sustainability at a geopolitical level.
Students specialise in one of four interconnected streams, including:
- Environment, ecology and planet
- Resource use and design for living
- Food, well-being and health
- Social justice, equity and diversity
The curriculum is taught by academics, community and industry representatives with disciplinary expertise in different aspects of sustainability. Delivery of content is online to enable participants to undertake self-paced study that they apply in authentic contexts to their own lives. Graduates of the Diploma of Sustainable Living have a range of outcomes, whether it be applying their knowledge to their homes, in the community or providing the foundation for spin-off enterprises with a foundation in sustainability. The Diploma is a potential pathway to further study at bachelor’s level in a range of science, humanities and health related disciplines.
This course is not available to international students.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are required to complete 8 subjects under the following study pattern outline:
2 subjects from the First Year Introductory Subjects including TAS-KAA106 Introduction to Sustainability Literacy and TAS-KGA107 Local Lives for a Sustainable Planet
6 subjects from 2 of the following Streams (3 different subjects per stream):
- Environment, Ecology and Planet
- Resource Use and Design for Living
- Well-being and Health to Promote Sustainable Living
- Social Justice, Equity and Diversity
Successful completion of 8 subjects from the outlined study pattern within 3 years from commencement.
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Once you've checked your eligibility, apply and enrol for this degree following the steps. This degree also allows you to get started with Open access.
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