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Professional development

CUSP offers a variety of sustainability units through our Not for Degree study program which provide professional development opportunities. In this non-award mode they do not lead to University credit.

Our professional development program can:

  • support your professional development in sustainability
  • inspire you to engage in the community for sustainable development
  • strengthen your career opportunities in innovating areas
  • develop your research, policy and communication skills
  • extend your professional relationships and networks in sustainable development.

You can choose to enrol in one or more professional development (Not for Degree study) courses for a maximum of 50 credit points of simultaneous enrolment.

Modes of delivery

CUSP’s professional development units are offered through our Bentley campus (internal and online) and through OUA.

Units offered in Semester 2 2017

SUST5003 Pathways to Sustainability Ms Mariela Zingoni de Baro (25 pts)

This unit presents a new set of processes that underpin the movement toward sustainability. Ontologies and epistemologies likely to generate sustainability praxis are examined. Pathways are explored that enable the development and implementation of sustainability, such as: transition management, reflexive governance, cultural value analysis, sustainability policy, sustainability mapping and sustainability planning. Students will develop both specific skills and understanding of the theories behind these skills.

Teaching mode: Wednesday evenings 4.30-7.30pm for each Teaching Week.


SUST5004 Leadership in Sustainability Prof Peter Newman (25 pts)

This unit provides the rationale for why a business, agency or non- government organisation needs to address sustainability at all levels of its organisation and how the innovative ones are exploring what this can mean. It establishes a process for students to engage in taking their own leadership aspirations to a new level and to develop their own potential as leaders in sustainability. Students will be given the opportunity to engage with a range of respected sustainability leaders from business, government and non- government organisations who will share their wealth of experience through reflective discussions about their personal sustainability journeys, as well as exposing the students to contemporary information on the topic.

Teaching mode: Intensively run for four full days in Teaching Weeks 5 and 8.


SUST5006 Aboriginal Sustainability Dr Shamim Samani (25 pts)

This unit explores the factors affecting sustainability for Aboriginal peoples of Australia. The lectures are based around personal stories of survival, loss and reconstruction. Through these stories, key practices and policies are examined. The unit is approached through three modules: traditional Aboriginal sustainability and worldviews; impact of colonization on sustainability; and contemporary approaches to sustainability.

Teaching mode: Fully online, but includes an On-Country trip as part of the course for students based in Perth. The On-Country trip is scheduled for Tuition Free Week 2: 25 – 29 September 2017 and will be to Nowanup in Nyungar country led by the Aboriginal Elder in Residence at Curtin University, Associate Professor Simon Forrest.


SUST5008 Climate Policy Dr Giles Thomson (25 pts)

This unit introduces students to the basic science of climate change and discusses the importance of both mitigation and adaptation. Various approaches, policies and mechanisms currently used to target emissions at the global level are examined with a focus on Australia’s contribution. The economy is discussed (defined in terms of the Front-End and the End-User) with each examined for their ability to reduce emissions. An analysis of Front-End policies including carbon taxes and emission trading schemes is provided, as well as the examination of End-User approach which includes policies and initiatives such as rebates for energy efficiency, small-scale renewable energy and building regulations. Climate change governance is explored through a workshop, which demonstrates the complexity of the international negotiations process. With a focus on the Front-End of the economy, this unit provides practical information on latest policy developments with much of the content delivered by industry professionals working in the field.

Teaching mode: Intensively run on campus in Teaching Weeks 1 and 2 of the semester, followed by a workshop in Week 7.


SUST5018 Sustainable Development Goals Dr Asif Iqbal Siddiqi and Dr Shamim Samani (25 pts)

This unit explores the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals from a range of theoretical, policy and practical perspectives. It contextualises their adoption within an international, domestic and global context. Students will analyse and reflect on contemporary issues and discourse of sustainable development, international aid and technological progress, including issues of poverty, food security, healthy lives, quality education, gender equity, water availability, sustainable energy, productive employment, resilient infrastructure, reduction of inequality within and between countries, better human settlements, sustainable production and consumption, climate change action, sustainable use of oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, peaceful and inclusive societies and partnerships for sustainable development.

Teaching mode: Monday evenings 4.30-7.30pm for each Teaching Week.

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SUST7000 Topics in Sustainability Dr Shamim Samani (25 pts)

This unit enables students to understand, reflect and investigate some of the main sustainability problems that the world faces now and in the future. It also enables students to understand, reflect and investigate the inter-relationships between these issues and apply the newly developed knowledge and skills in a research-based professional practice context.

Teaching mode: Fully online.