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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradDipEnv&Sust
CRICOS code037841J
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details


This course is designed to meet the needs of graduates from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds who wish to enhance their qualifications for careers in environmental policy and analysis, planning, consulting, education, advocacy and management. It is also designed for those who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding and experience to enable societal and individual change and responsible action to support sustainability. Its comprehensive set of core units provides the knowledge and skills to critically analyse problems of environment and sustainability and to propose realistic solutions in both personal and professional settings. Team-based research projects give students the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context and to combine theory and practice in responding to local and global issues at individual, community, corporate and government levels. Electives cater for a wide range of specialised needs and interests.


Students completing this course will have:

  • an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of 18 points of core units and 30 points of elective units chosen in consultation with a member of academic staff. All units worth 6 points unless otherwise indicated.


Core units

  • ENV4020 Perspectives on environment and sustainability
  • ENV4030 Environmental analysis
  • ENV4040 Frontiers in sustainability and environment

Elective units

Students complete electives sufficient to bring the total number of points for the degree to 48 credit points. If a student has not previously studied ecology, economics and law, one or more electives in these areas must be studied and must be chosen in consultation with the course coordinator before enrolment:

  • BTX9100 Sustainability regulation
  • ENV414F/ENV514F Ecological systems and management or GES4890 Earth system interactions: From biogeochemical cycles to global change
  • ECF9530 Economics or ENV4060 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability

Other electives may be chosen from across the University and, if no equivalent is available at Monash, from other universities. If required, electives may be chosen from level three offerings, but only to a maximum of 12 points. Suggested electives are:

Working in the corporate and public sectors

  • ENV4050 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • ENV437E Corporate sustainability management
  • ENV441E Sustainability measurement
  • ENV4371 Stakeholder engagement and corporate environmental sustainability
  • ENV4372 Strategic management for corporate environmental sustainability
  • MGX5030 Corporate social responsibility
  • MGX9230 Public policy
  • MGX5030 Corporate social responsibility
  • MGX5760 International institutions and organisations
  • MGX5770 Business and government
  • MGX9720 Managing organisational change
  • MGX9270 Public management
  • ENV520E Environmental economics and policy
  • ECF9210 Introduction to international economics
  • ECC3640 Economics of climate change
  • SYM5065 Issues in public policy
  • COM4010 Communications, convergence and public policy

Communities and development

  • ENV4050 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • IDA4140 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific Rims
  • IDA4230 Research in political ecology
  • IDA4320 Doctrines of development
  • IDA5040 Special topics in international development
  • IDA5130 Environmental revolutions
  • IDA5220 The art and business of international development
  • IDA4120 Community development in a globalising world
  • GYM4330 Field studies in regional sustainability *
  • GYM4520 Social spaces and urban justice
  • GYM4750 Sharing prosperity: Geographies of work, regional development and economy
  • INT3015 Production, consumerism and the environment in the contemporary world
  • ASM4230 Culture and conflict in Indonesia
  • ASM4430 The Third World
  • ASM4440 Asia and the West
  • ANY3230 Culture and conflict in Indonesia
  • ANY3350 Questions of identity: Ethnicity, vationalism and globalisation
  • ANY3480 The Third World
  • ANY3530 Modernities in the making: Indigenous peoples and colonial cultures


  • ATM4060 Contemporary issues in tourism
  • ATM4120 Sustainable tourism development and planning
  • ATM4020 Ecotourism management
  • ATM5070 International tourism marketing
  • GYM4260 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy*
  • GES3220 Tourism and the environment

Environmental thinking and philosophies

  • PHL3810 Environmental ethics
  • PLT3990 Politics of environmentalism
  • PLT4709 Green political theory
  • PLT3990 Politics of environmentalism
  • HSY4180 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • CLS3820 Earthworks: Literature and environment
  • CLS3055 Nature, culture and colonisation
  • IDA5130 Environmental revolutions
  • RLM4110 Sustainability and the sacred

Environmental law

  • BTX9100 Sustainability regulation
  • BTX5130 International law and policy
  • LAW4115 Environmental law
  • LAW4175 Current issues in international environmental protection
  • LAW5136 International environmental law
  • LAW7414 Planning and environmental law practice

Geographic information systems

  • GYM4070 Remote sensing of the environment
  • GYM4920 Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental science *
  • GYM4610 Geographical information systems (GIS) for social science applications *

Global change, environmental management and citizenship

  • ENV3022 Environmental technology
  • GES3340 Cities and sustainability
  • GYM4370 Urban climate, water and sustainability
  • GYM4350 Resource evaluation and management
  • GYM4260 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy *
  • AUS4010 Exploring Australia: Diverse people, diverse lives
  • HSY3850 The Australian city: Contemporary problems in historical perspective
  • ENE4607 Environmental risk assessment
  • ENE3048 Energy and the environment
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV5261 Flood management in urban and rural environments *
  • CIV5264 Management of urban water resources and related infrastructure *
  • CIV5316 Fundamentals of urban public transport *
  • CHM3960 Environmental chemistry
  • CIV5314 Transport planning and policy *

* Units offered in flexible mode (distance, on-line and/or intensive).

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate diploma with a minimum credit average, may apply to enter course 3783 Master of Environment and Sustainability.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Arts.


Graduate Diploma of Environment and Sustainability