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Diploma of Sustainable Living

Develop a better understanding of your connection to sustainability as an individual, consumer, employee and citizen.

The climate is changing, and we all have a role to play in creating a more sustainable future. The fully online Diploma of Sustainable Living will help you learn about sustainability on a local, national and international level, and align your studies with what sustainable living means for you. It is also offered at no cost for eligible domestic students (see below).

You’ll learn practical knowledge about sustainability aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and how to apply it to in your home, community, business or social enterprise. Upon graduation, you’ll have a better understanding of your connection to sustainability as an individual, consumer and citizen.

Options for every interest

Through four exciting, sustainable living oriented specialisations you can customise your learning for what sustainability means to you.

Fully online

The Diploma is offered fully online, all you need is regular access to a computer and the internet. Study at your own pace, from one unit at a time to full time study.

UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Based around building literacy of sustainability at a geopolitical level, we're dedicated to supporting these goals through our island state and its extraordinary beauty.

What you will learn

The Diploma is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and provides four engaging themes to focus your studies:

  • Environment, Ecology and Planet
  • Resource Use and Design for Living
  • Well-being and Health to Promote Sustainable Living
  • Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity.

You will pick two of these specialisations as part of your studies, plus complete an introductory unit and a capstone unit to bring it all together, for a total of eight units. See the Course Structure for more information.

On completion of the Diploma of Sustainable Living you will 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.

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
Course Structure

You will complete two of these specialisations (each comprising of three units of your choice), along with an introductory and a capstone unit for a total of eight units. Upon graduation you will have knowledge and skills in sustainability at a local, national, and international level, and be able to demonstrate that sustainable living can be pursued by individuals across many aspects of their lives.

Course Delivery

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.

choosing your specialisation
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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.

Visit the Diploma of Sustainable Living course page to access information about individual units.

unit list
  • Science of Gardening
  • Science of Gardening 2
  • Backyard Biodiversity
  • Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses
  • Engaging with Sustainability
  • Global Food Security
  • Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society
  • Energy
  • Humans: Earth Shapers
  • Science of Fishing
  • Science of Fishing 2
  • Introduction to the Science of Climate Change
  • Responding to Climate Change
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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.

Visit the Diploma of Sustainable Living course page to access information about individual units.

unit list
  • Big Decisions! Rational belief and action in an uncertain world
  • Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society
  • Backyard Biodiversity
  • 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
  • Science of Fishing
  • Science of Fishing 2
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Food, well-being and health

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

Visit the Diploma of Sustainable Living course page to access information about individual units.

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
  • Science of Fishing
  • Science of Fishing 2
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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.

Visit the Diploma of Sustainable Living course page to access information about individual units.

unit list
  • Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses
  • Living and Working with Cultural Diversity
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Indigenous Lifeworlds: local to the global
  • Introduction to the Science of Climate Change
  • Responding to Climate Change

Pursuing a passion for sustainability

Claire Duke particularly enjoyed environmental subjects during her previous study, and current climate issues made taking on the full diploma an easy decision.

Entry requirements

The Diploma of Sustainable Living units are available to Australian citizens; and for NZ citizens, Permanent Residents and Humanitarian Visa Holders provided all studies are on-shore in Australia.

For detailed entry requirement information, please refer to the Diploma of Sustainable Living (under 'Entry Requirements').

Express Interest

Applications are currently closed for the Diploma of Sustainable Living.

If you would like study this Diploma and be notified when applications are open, please submit an enquiry and we'll contact you when there is new information.

Interested in other courses?

If you have a passion for sustainable development, we have a range of exciting courses covering all aspects of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

View all our courses to find out more.

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Where to from here?

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 courses: