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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

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)
Admission, fee and application details
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 are worth 6 points unless otherwise indicated.


Core units

  • APG4425 Perspectives on environment and sustainability
  • APG4426 Environmental analysis
  • APG4427 Frontiers in sustainability and environment

Elective units

Students complete 30 points of elective units. 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:

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

  • APG4401 Communications, convergence and public policy
  • APG4428 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • APG4433 Corporate sustainability management
  • APG4434 Sustainability measurement
  • APG4739 Stakeholder engagement and corporate environmental sustainability
  • APG4740 Strategic management for corporate environmental sustainability
  • APG5686 Issues in public policy
  • APG5762 Environmental economics and policy
  • ECF9210 Introduction to international economics
  • ECC3640 Economics of climate change
  • MGX5030 Corporate social responsibility
  • MGX5760 International institutions and organisations
  • MGX5770 Business and government
  • MGX9230 Public policy
  • MGX9270 Public management
  • MGX9720 Managing organisational change

Communities and development

  • APG4283 Sharing prosperity: Geographies of work, regional development and economy
  • APG4428 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • APG4553 Field studies in regional sustainability *
  • APG4556 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific Rims
  • APG4627 Research in political ecology
  • APG4628 Doctrines of development
  • APG4702 Culture and conflict in Indonesia
  • APG4772 Community development in a globalising world
  • APG5803 Special topics in international development
  • APG5804 Environmental revolutions
  • APG5805 The art and business of international development
  • ATS3376 Political anthropology: Ethnic and national identities in the modern world
  • ATS3378 Development and the Third World
  • ATS3622 Production, consumerism and the environment in the contemporary world


  • APG4390 Contemporary issues in tourism
  • APG4709 Sustainable tourism development and planning
  • APG4708 Ecotourism management
  • ATS3886 Tourism and the environment

Environmental thinking and philosophies

  • APG4339 Sustainability and the sacred
  • APG5804 Environmental revolutions
  • ATS3411 Nature, culture and colonisation
  • ATS3427 Earthworks: Literature and environment
  • ATS3709 Politics of environmentalism
  • ATS3871 Environmental ethics
  • ATS4303 Issues in environmental history: Images of the natural world

Environmental law

Geographic information systems

  • APG4552 Remote sensing of the environment
  • APG4758 Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental science *

Global change, environmental management and citizenship

  • APG4391 Exploring Australia: Diverse people, diverse lives
  • APG4554 Resource evaluation and management
  • APG4887 Designing urban futures: Urban climate, water and adaptation
  • ATS3547 Cities and sustainability
  • CHM3960 Environmental chemistry
  • 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 *
  • CIV5314 Transport planning and policy *
  • ENE4607 Environmental risk assessment
  • ENE3048 Energy and the environment
  • ENV3022 Environmental technology

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

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a minimum credit average are eligible to apply for entry into 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