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Fields of Study: Social Sciences, Science

Spend a semester immersed in issues most pertinent to Tasmania and the Australian environmental movement. In the University of Tasmania's award-winning sustainability program, you’ll take themed interdisciplinary coursework, explore a variety of wilderness areas, and develop a wide range of research and communication skills that will serve you after graduation.

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore current sustainability issues like global food security, the effects of tourism, and changing geographies.
  • Learn how the Tasmanian region approaches natural conservation and environmental crime.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units.
  • You may substitute sustainability studies courses with courses taught at other departments if they better align with your academic and/or professional interests.

Current Program Courses

Courses offered in this program overlap in the two areas of focus: Sustainability and Wilderness Studies. You’ll work on a sustainability project with real-world impact over the course of the semester in an environment located within easy reach of some of the most unusual wilderness in the world. Courses include a wide interdisciplinary study of natural environments and wilderness. You’ll gain a broad understanding of the field as well as specialized training in a particular area of interest. The program also develops a wide range of general skills in communication, data collection, analytical research, information retrieval, manipulation, and presentation, and the ability to work across traditional discipline areas.;

You will enroll in four courses:

  • Two courses from the Sustainability Studies list
  • One course from any other department at UTAS

Course examples:

  • Global Food Security
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments
  • Global Geographies of Change
  • Conserving Nature in Landscapes
  • Global Political Ecology
  • Engaging with Sustainability
  • Environmental & Resource Economics
  • Environmental Management
  • Green Criminology & Environmental Crime
  • Wilderness & Natural Environment (includes field work)

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Tasmania catalog: The Australian academic year begins in February with Term 1. Term 2 is in late July. When searching for courses, look at Term 1 if you are a spring participant and Term 2 if you are a fall participant.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.

Academic culture

To help you acclimate to Australian campus life and culture, there are a few key differences and similarities with UC to be aware of:

  • The Australian semester is longer and has a slower pace than the UC semester or quarter.
  • Students address Australian lecturers and tutors informally by their first name.
  • Similar to UC, the main forms of teaching are lectures (50-500+ students), tutorials (10-25 students), seminars (30+ students; half lecture, half tutorial), and labs/practicals.
  • Lectures are recorded—beware of waiting until the last minute to watch them.
  • In Australia, students are expected to be independent and show initiative. Instructors won't chase you for missing classes or assignments.
  • Assignments tend to require heavy research and critical analysis.
  • You’ll need to use Australian English for assignments.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. 

Australian university grades are criterion-referenced rather than norm-referenced (i.e., curved). This means that your performance on an assignment will be compared to a predefined standard, not to the performance of your classmates. Your lecturer will advise you of this standard via a grading rubric.

Most assessment is due toward the end of the semester. In a semester, it is not uncommon to have your first assignment due in week 6 and not receive any grades back until the 8th week. Finals may be very heavily weighted (40-80% of your final grade). There is usually a study week (called swot vac) between the last week of the semester and the start of the exam period.

UCEAP converts your Australian grades to UC grades. Fall grades are usually available late January to early February. Spring grades are usually available mid-August to mid-September.