Sustainability and urban planning (ES009)

Find solutions and help create a more sustainable world.

Through specialised projects and research, you’ll work with industry leaders and academic experts to find solutions to environmental and sustainability issues around the globe.

What you will study

Sustainable Futures (Semester 1)

Available for study on campus

In recent years, the idea of sustainability has moved centre-stage in debates about human futures. In this course you will explore the interactions between society and the environment which must be better managed in order to ensure quality of life well into the future. You will explore interactions between the local and global dimensions of the big sustainability challenges we face and you will also explore interactions between personal and professional dimensions of sustainability practices.

This course will introduce you to a range of key concepts, sustainability principles and techniques that you can apply within households, communities and workplaces.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes check the course guide

The Urban Age (Semester 2)

Available for study on campus

This multi-disciplinary course explores a range of social and environmental challenges facing contemporary cities. The majority of the world’s population now live in urban contexts, and building sustainable, just, and globally connected cities has become a major concern for governments, planners and scholars globally. In this course you will examine urbanisation, patterns of migration and mobility, political and social organisation, and the influence of physical geography and layers of history on contemporary urban formations.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes check the course guide.

Entry requirements

You must be in your final year of your VCE studies and will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in VCE Units 3 and 4 Geography. 

Acceptance into this course requires a recommendation from your Year 12 coordinator and your school principal. Parental/guardian permission is also necessary.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer