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Diploma of
Sustainable Living

Introduction

Sustainability covers almost every aspect of our lives – including the economy, environment, society and culture.

It also means different things to different people, and positive actions towards sustainability, whatever that means to you, benefit us all.

To help you embrace sustainability in your life, we’ve developed our Diploma of Sustainable Living. It is a university wide demonstration of our commitment to sustainability, and provides students with a broad range of multidisciplinary experiences that bring sustainable living to life – each one taking advantage of the incredible landscape, multi-disciplinary perspectives, and unique environments that we have available here in Tasmania.

Even if you don’t live here, you’ll benefit from units created within the living laboratory that is Tasmania.

Upon graduation, you’ll have a better understanding of your connection to sustainability as an individual, consumer and citizen.

“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.”

Rufus Black
University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor

About the course

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    About the course
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    Environment, ecology and planet
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    Resource use and design living
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    Food, well-being and health
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    Social Justice, Equity and Diversity

The Diploma’s curriculum is structured around four specialisations:

  • Environment, ecology and planet
  • Resource use and design for living
  • Food, well-being and health
  • Social justice, equity and diversity

Graduates will complete two of these specialisations (each comprising of three selected units), along with an introductory and a capstone unit – to build knowledge and skills in sustainability at a local, national, and international level, and demonstrate that sustainable living can be pursued by individuals across many aspects of their lives.

The Diploma of Sustainable Living is taught by academics, community and industry representatives with disciplinary expertise in different aspects of sustainability. Because it’s taught online, you can study at your own pace, while applying sustainability principles to your own life. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge in your home, in your community, or in commercial and social enterprises, as sustainability is fundamental to them all.

UN

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are based around building literacy of sustainability at a geopolitical level. At the University of Tasmania, we’re dedicated to supporting these goals through our island state and its extraordinary beauty. That’s why every course in the in the Diploma of Sustainability directly addresses specific UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Visit www.un.org for more.

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Environment, ecology and planet

With this specialisation, you’ll develop the skills to promote environmentally sustainable practices to support life on land and below water.
unit list
  • Science of Gardening 1
  • Science of Gardening 2
  • Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses
  • Engaging with Sustainability
  • Global Food Security
  • Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society
  • Energy
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Resource use and design for living

This specialisation teaches the responsible and innovative use of resources and infrastructure to support sustainable living.
unit list
  • Big Decisions! Rational belief and action in an uncertain world
  • Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society
  • Engaging with Sustainability
  • Global Food Security
  • Energy
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Humans: Earth Shapers
  • The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia
  • Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses
  • Developing your Creative and Entrepreneurial Potential
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Food, well-being and health

Learn to promote sustainable living to improve health and well-being for all.
unit list
  • The Arts and Dementia Care
  • Creativity and Aging
  • Society, Culture and Health
  • Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses
  • Engaging with Sustainability
  • Global Food Security
  • Living and Working with Cultural Diversity
  • Big Decisions! Rational belief and action in an uncertain world
  • Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society
  • The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia
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Social Justice, Equity and Diversity

Through this specialisation, you’ll learn to identify opportunities and challenges relating to sociocultural sustainability in communities.
unit list
  • Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses
  • Living and Working with Cultural Diversity
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Indigenous Lifeworlds: local to the global

Fee structure

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)

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) - approximately $45.45 per unit in 2019 - is waived for the first four units studied under the Diploma of Sustainable Living. The second four units will attract this fee, which is typically 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.

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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