This internet browser is outdated and does not support all features of this site. Please switch or upgrade to a different browser to display this site properly.

Units in second semester 2021 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

A bunch of students at the Medical School talking at a table

Sustainability and Climate Policy

Graduate Certificate

GC-SUSTAN

Course
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy
Duration
6 months full-time
Credit
100

Outline

Analyse policies and practices that address sustainable development goals.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned offering.

In this course you will explore creative, constructive transitions to sustainability. You will analyse policies and practices to address the complexities of the new global sustainable development goals that aim to support people, planet, prosperity and peace.

You will explore the basic issues, concepts and methodologies central to sustainability and have the opportunity to pursue studies in a particular area of need and priority through optional units.

Curtin’s sustainability program has a strong emphasis on professional practice. You will apply your skills and knowledge to real-life issues through professional work and community engagement. Individual projects provide opportunities for you to research real-world issues.

The course caters for both full-time and part-time students and is offered in traditional and non-traditional study modes, including regular scheduled classes and intensive programs offered over a one-week period.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you may transfer to the graduate diploma and then subsequently enrol in the master degree.  

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • These courses will provide you with the tools and knowledge to develop a solution-focused approach to the major challenges posed by climate change, resource depletion and other major environmental issues.
  • They will also strengthen your career opportunities and stimulate your professional development.

Career information

Graduates are prepared for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts requiring social scientific research and analytical skills. Many organisations are now hiring sustainability consultants in an effort to improve their relationship with the environment and their stakeholders.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental planner
  • International development worker
  • Researcher
  • Social assessment officer
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Sustainability officer.

Potential employers

  • Engineering and infrastructure development organisations
  • Environmental organisations
  • International aid organisations
  • Local government
  • Organisations in the energy and resources sector
  • Transport agencies.

What you'll learn

  • apply a range of relevant disciplinary knowledges to the concept of sustainability in work and community settings
  • apply critical and analytical skills within a sustainability framework; think creatively to develop practical pathways to sustainability
  • locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant and reliable information sources on sustainability
  • communicate ideas and information, verbally and in writing, to a range of target audiences
  • use communication and research technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
  • demonstrate a reflexive and adaptive approach to learning; understand second order learning; identify and apply successful learning strategies
  • recognise the global nature of sustainability and the relationship between global and local sustainability issues; identify and apply international good practice to sustainability
  • recognise the diverse meanings and applications of the notion of culture to sustainability; respect indigenous culture and its relevance to sustainability; identify the complexities and benefits multiculturalism brings to sustainability; and critique culture as an integrated system of norms that enable or disable sustainability
  • demonstrate the ability within sustainability practice to work effectively as a team and independently when appropriate; show leadership and apply ethical and professional standards

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree or equivalent.

Applicants without a bachelor degree or equivalent require a minimum of five years’ relevant experience.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Many units are available as regularly scheduled classes spread across a semester or as intensive programs offered over three or four days.

Off-campus and online study options are under development.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

Help

Help is at hand

See our frequently asked questions or get in touch with us below.


Opening hours:
Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 4.30pm, except Tues: 9.30am – 4.30pm (AWST). Closed public holidays.
  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: GC-SUSTAN
  • CRICOS code: 074665B
  • Last updated on: October 28, 2021