Diploma of Sustainable Living (Z1K)

Overview  2019

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2, Winter school (early), Winter school (late), Spring school (November)

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Rufus Black

“Our work occurs in an environment of extraordinary significance and beauty. Islands are great reminders that we have to work with ecosystems not against them. Sustainability is a theme that needs to echo through all that we do.

There are few places where the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which the University has embraced to help shape its strategic direction, could be more important. Our research is vital to understand what they could mean for the University, Tasmania and the world.”

University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor, Rufus Black
Sustainability means different things to different people, and positive actions towards sustainable living affect us all. To help focus and guide global action towards sustainable living, the United Nations created the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

The Diploma of Sustainable Living allows you to pursue a passion for sustainability, in whatever that means for you, through a range of exciting, multi-disciplinary study options. Specifically developed for online learning and authentic assessment, you can pick from a range of units that fall into four sustainable living oriented categories to specialise your learning:

  • Environment, Ecology and Planet
  • Resource Use and Design for Living
  • Food, Well-Being and Health
  • Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity

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.

On completion of the Diploma of Sustainable Living graduates will:

CLO1 Identify opportunities to contribute to sustainable living by reflecting on the choices you make in your life.

CLO2 Design pathways to a sustainable future for communities with networks of social practice around sustainable living

CLO3 Explain the impact your day-to-day activities and decisions have on contributing to the global agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Specialisation Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Diploma of Sustainable Living, graduates will also achieve two of the following, based on their choice of specialisation.

  1. Promote environmentally sustainable practices to support life on land and below water
  2. Design the responsible and innovative use of resources and infrastructure to support sustainable living
  3. Apply food systems thinking to promote healthy living and well being in your community
  4. Identify opportunities and challenges relating to sociocultural sustainability in your community

Course structure

The Diploma of Sustainable Living requires eight units to complete: an introductory unit, a capstone unit, and two specialisations of three units each.

  • Introductory unit – Introduction to Sustainable Living (one unit)
  • Capstone unit – Sustainable Living: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally (one unit)
  • Diploma specialisations – two specialisations of three units each (six units)

The units you can study within each specialisation are primarily made up of breadth units, as well as foundation and level-100 units.

Breadth units offer multi-disciplinary perspectives, and are based around understanding and addressing some of the ‘wicked’ problems encountered by modern society. These are challenges that are without an easy answer, and by tacking them, we work towards creating broad, positive change that delivers benefits across local to global scales.

Sustainable Living specialisations

Environment, Ecology and Planet

Through everyday actions, plus maintaining global perspectives, you can promote environmentally sustainable practices to support life on land and below water.

Units in this specialisation align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • #6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
  • #12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
  • #13 – Climate Action
  • #14 – Life Below Water
  • #15 – Life on Land

Resource Use and Design for Living

Design responsible and innovative use of resources and infrastructure to support sustainable living, from your own backyard, to your community, and beyond.

Units in this specialisation align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • #7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
  • #8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • #9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • #11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

Food, Well-Being and Health

Promote sustainable living to improve health and well-being for all.

Units in this specialisation align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • #1 – No Poverty
  • #2 – Zero Hunger
  • #3 – Good Health and Well-being
  • #12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity

Identify opportunity and challenges related to sociocultural sustainability in communities. Change begins at home, and your awareness and impact in your own community can contribute to positive, global improvements.

Units in this specialisation align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • #1 – No Poverty
  • #4 – Quality Education
  • #5 – Gender Equality
  • #8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • #10 – Reduced Inequalities
  • #16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Compulsory Core Units

Year 1

These two compulsory core units must be completed within the first four units of study

In this unit students will be introduced to the concept of sustainability literacy and will apply that concept to their own lives, and the broader world. Having sustainability literacy is having the capacity to recognise what aspects of life are…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit involves both critical reflection on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and critical reflection upon lives lived in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In the unit students will examine their lives and other lives within their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose two of the following specialisations

Environment, Ecology and Planet

Choose three of the following units

This unit will introduce students to principles of sustainable design for housing. The intention of the unit is to develop awareness of environmental and human health impacts of housing to inform critical and creative decision making in the design and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonWinter school (early)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Science of Gardening is for people who love plants and gardens, people with dirt under their fingernails; people who want to know how and why plants grow, and how to become better gardeners. Why are plants arranged into families, what…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartWinter school (late)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to develop an awareness of the ecological processes operating in your garden to assist in making informed decisions about garden design and management. You will explore the environmental parameters of your garden (e.g. macro and microclimate, geology…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart11 Week Session Apr
Hobart11 Week Session Oct

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Contemporary media is saturated with images of extreme weather events, hunger, poverty, conflict, pollution, austerity, and financial crisis. Mounting evidence suggests the 21st century will be defined by unprecedented challenges related to environmental instability, economic inequality and risks to social…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The challenge of ensuring adequate food production and equitable access to food for a diverse human population in the 21st century is crucial and profoundly complex. This unit helps you contribute to meeting this challenge. The interdisciplinary skills and knowledge…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

What constitutes evidence, what should we believe, and what should we do, given we only have knowledge that is partial and uncertain? Being able to deal with uncertainty is key not only to the physical and social sciences, but also…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This breadth unit will delve into rocks, oceans and working of human society to explore the massive impact humans are having on the world we live in. Life on Earth has nearly been extinguished five times since the explosion of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will explore the interlinked scientific, technical, environmental, economic, social and political factors that have shaped society's energy usage and which will impact on future energy policy and decision making.Energy science, technology, usage and energy policy affect almost all…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Pulling together the disciplines of sociology, law and complementary medicine this unit is designed for students who want to develop their knowledge in order to understand, debate and critically analyse the use and place of complementary medicines in the modern…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Resource Use and Design for Living

Choose three of the following units

This unit will introduce students to principles of sustainable design for housing. The intention of the unit is to develop awareness of environmental and human health impacts of housing to inform critical and creative decision making in the design and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonWinter school (early)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Contemporary media is saturated with images of extreme weather events, hunger, poverty, conflict, pollution, austerity, and financial crisis. Mounting evidence suggests the 21st century will be defined by unprecedented challenges related to environmental instability, economic inequality and risks to social…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Do you want to make a difference to something in the world you care about? Would you like some time and space to consider, develop and test your approaches in a safe environment, supported by experts? Following Bruce Mau's 'design…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The challenge of ensuring adequate food production and equitable access to food for a diverse human population in the 21st century is crucial and profoundly complex. This unit helps you contribute to meeting this challenge. The interdisciplinary skills and knowledge…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Consider yourself an ethical individual? Think you understand what is meant by social responsibility? We all know that ethical and value driven leaders are required in society and what this unit will do is challenge your current thinking and ask…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

What constitutes evidence, what should we believe, and what should we do, given we only have knowledge that is partial and uncertain? Being able to deal with uncertainty is key not only to the physical and social sciences, but also…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This breadth unit will delve into rocks, oceans and working of human society to explore the massive impact humans are having on the world we live in. Life on Earth has nearly been extinguished five times since the explosion of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will explore the interlinked scientific, technical, environmental, economic, social and political factors that have shaped society's energy usage and which will impact on future energy policy and decision making.Energy science, technology, usage and energy policy affect almost all…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Pulling together the disciplines of sociology, law and complementary medicine this unit is designed for students who want to develop their knowledge in order to understand, debate and critically analyse the use and place of complementary medicines in the modern…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

DescriptionThe swiftly rising prevalence of dementia is one of the most significant health, social and economic issues facing the world. The global challenge of dementia will require innovative solutions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Well-being and Health to Promote Sustainable Living

Choose three of the following units

Practical interventions employing arts-based activities, including music, theatre, dance and visual artsv, are increasingly being employed nationally and internationally to improve mood and well-being, physical activity and cognitive processing for people with dementia. Arts-based programs have also been shown to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide an introduction to existing evidence-based research on the benefits of engagement with the arts in ageing, and strategies to mitigate risk factors for dementia employing creativity. The unit offers opportunities for students to undertake creative tasks…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces a sociological perspective on health and illness. The focus will be on how social and cultural processes shape both the distribution of health and illness, and the experience of illness. Health issues such as obesity, smoking, depression,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will introduce students to principles of sustainable design for housing. The intention of the unit is to develop awareness of environmental and human health impacts of housing to inform critical and creative decision making in the design and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonWinter school (early)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Contemporary media is saturated with images of extreme weather events, hunger, poverty, conflict, pollution, austerity, and financial crisis. Mounting evidence suggests the 21st century will be defined by unprecedented challenges related to environmental instability, economic inequality and risks to social…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The challenge of ensuring adequate food production and equitable access to food for a diverse human population in the 21st century is crucial and profoundly complex. This unit helps you contribute to meeting this challenge. The interdisciplinary skills and knowledge…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Become better prepared to deal with the variety of culturally challenging situations you will encounter in whichever part of the world you live and work. Develop an appreciation of the personal and professional benefits which come from being more culturally…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

What constitutes evidence, what should we believe, and what should we do, given we only have knowledge that is partial and uncertain? Being able to deal with uncertainty is key not only to the physical and social sciences, but also…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Pulling together the disciplines of sociology, law and complementary medicine this unit is designed for students who want to develop their knowledge in order to understand, debate and critically analyse the use and place of complementary medicines in the modern…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

DescriptionThe swiftly rising prevalence of dementia is one of the most significant health, social and economic issues facing the world. The global challenge of dementia will require innovative solutions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Social Justice, Equity and Diversity

This unit will introduce students to principles of sustainable design for housing. The intention of the unit is to develop awareness of environmental and human health impacts of housing to inform critical and creative decision making in the design and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonWinter school (early)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Become better prepared to deal with the variety of culturally challenging situations you will encounter in whichever part of the world you live and work. Develop an appreciation of the personal and professional benefits which come from being more culturally…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Consider yourself an ethical individual? Think you understand what is meant by social responsibility? We all know that ethical and value driven leaders are required in society and what this unit will do is challenge your current thinking and ask…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit uses the theoretical concept of 'Lifeworlds' to frame an exploration of the life worlds of Indigenous peoples globally: across cultural, social being and doing of Indigenous peoples at the local (palawa/pakana)Tasmania, national (Noongar), Western Australia and international (Navajo…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

This course is designed for students who do not meet general entry requirements or who want a more supported or graded introduction to their studies. Admission requirements: Previous study at Year 11/12 or TAFE (Cert III), TCE English,  Successful completion of UPP or assessment of personal competency statement.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2019, this fee is $45.45 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $303.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

The Diploma of Sustainable Living is designed to be accessible to a wide audience. To help enable this, we offer generous scholarships for domestic students to help you to pursue your passion for sustainability.

The first four units you study as part of the Diploma of Sustainable Living will be receive a 100% HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) scholarship. This means the entire cost of the first four units is covered by a scholarship. The second four units you study to complete the Diploma of Sustainable Living will receive a 50% HECS scholarship.

The HECS scholarship is applied to your record as soon as possible after you enrol in the unit(s) of your choice within the Diploma of Sustainable Living. Initially, your invoice in eStudent may reflect the cost of the unit. Sometimes it may take up to a week after your enrolment is processed, but please be assured your correct invoice will appear in eStudent after this time.

You may notice on the individual unit pages that the costs of the units are explicitly stated. Please be assured that this cost for the first four units is 100% covered by a HECS Scholarship, and 50% for the second four units to make up the Diploma.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

While domestic students receive HECS scholarships for the units in the Diploma of Sustainable Living, they will need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This fee is $45.45 per unit in 2019, is applicable to all units, and is allocated to the improvement of services and amenities for students of the University for both on-campus and online students. If you choose to study the Diploma of Sustainable Living full time, the maximum SSAF charge is $303.

Completing an eCAF

A requirement for all students receiving a HECS Scholarship for this unit is compulsory completion of the eCAF. The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent. Completing the form is a requirement for all students. Instructions for how to complete the eCAF form will be included in your unit content.

Should you have any problems submitting your eCAF, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au or phone (03) 6226 6365.

*Domestic students include Australian citizens or students holding Permanent Humanitarian Visas or with Permanent Resident Status. Citizens of countries outside of Australia (excluding New Zealand), are not eligible to study this unit.

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International
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