BP000 - Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)

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Plan: BP000 - Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)
Award abbreviation: BSocSc(Env)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 040103
CRICOS code: 027119G

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Purpose of the Program

This program will develop the theoretical knowledge and skills you require to work in a wide range of professional settings, including government and non government, both in Australia and internationally. You will build a foundation for understanding and analysing the relationships between the global and local dimensions of sustainability as well as the importance of natural and social diversity in a changing world.

The program has been designed to enable you to engage critically wiith sustainability theory and environmental policy frameworks to address sustainability imperatives and environmental stakeholder needs and issues. You will develop a breadth of knowledge and skills in areas including sustainability, environmental assessment, professional communication and project management. Upon successful completion, you will be equipped to work in roles such as environmental advocate, consultant or manager. 

You will engage critically with legislative and policy frameworks across different policy and legislative contexts. You will learn to advocate, consult and collaborate within different cultural settings and develop skills for bringing about legislative and/or policy reform.

The program investigates the link between environmental and social wellbeing, developing your knowledge and skills through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and team work.

A capstone experience is provided in which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, connect theory to practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. The program also provides opportunities for you to undertake study tours or exchange programs outside Australia.

As a graduate you will be able to work within Australia in local, state or federal government agencies, environmental protection agencies, NGOs, and environmental sustainability businesses or consultancies. Employment can be found in similar sectors in other countries or in international aid and development organisations.

Successful completion of this program provides a pathway to a Masters. Upon successful completion of this program you may also be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions: 

Learn more about articulation into this program and other Bachelor degrees in the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, via this link.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Master of International Urban and Environmental Management, Master of Urban Planning and Environment, Master of Public Policy and Master of International Development, subject to each program's entry requirements.  

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Non year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History Online explaining their reasons for wanting to undertake study about the environment, demonstrating their awareness of current issues in achieving environmental sustainability, personal strengths and attributes, and include details of any relevant work or other experience

International applicants who have completed an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program more than 12 months ago must include with their application a statement explaining their reasons for wanting to undertake study about the environment, demonstrating their awareness of current issues in achieving environmental sustainability, personal strengths and attributes, and include details of any relevant work or other experience

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that formally accredit environment qualifications. Successful completion of courses with an Environmental focus in the program is a recognised means of entry to the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. www.eianz.org/

Academic staff undertake collaborative research projects with industry and government and as such, are abreast of current environmental debates. Program Advisory Committee members include industry and government representatives.

In your final year of study the program will provide you will opportunities to undertake projects with diverse industry and community partners.  Some past graduates have used opportunities provided by formal work placements to gain employment after graduation.



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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT studies www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
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  • career development and employment
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  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander students.
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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