Studying sustainability

There are many opportunities to study sustainability and sustainable development at the University of Auckland.

Sustainable Development Goals

We have compiled a list of specific undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught at the University of Auckland that relate to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specific subjects, schools and faculties are also highlighted when they offer a large range of courses relevant to a particular SDG.

Note: Not all courses are offered every year - contact the relevant department to inquire further. If you are aware of subjects or courses that are not featured and should be, please contact the Sustainability Office.

Bachelor of Global Studies

The Bachelor of Global Studies will shape you as an informed citizen who can make a difference in our increasingly globalised world.

This interdisciplinary programme will expand your mind as you are exposed to new ways of thinking about the world. As you gain competency in another language you’ll deepen your understanding of other cultures and perspectives.

You will develop skills for employment, such as leadership, teamwork, public speaking, critical thinking, research and intercultural communication.

The Bachelor of Global Studies is a cross-faculty degree that draws on the combined expertise of the faculties of Arts, Business, Creative Arts and Industries, Engineering, Law and Science. 

You can choose from one of four majors when you start the programme:

Global Environment and Sustainable Development
Global Politics and Human Rights
International Relations and Business
Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice

Students and staff playing a sustainability game in the Sustain 100/100G course

Sustainability Module

A module is an optional grouping of three courses on a particular theme, enabling you to add extra value to your degree. The Sustainability Module is able to be taken as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours). The first course, Sustain 100, is on the General Education schedule and can be taken as part of any undergraduate degree.

By taking this module, you will develop an understanding of the values that underpin sustainability, complex social and ecological systems, and global sustainability issues and potential solutions.

You will also develop the ability to design and apply sustainability solutions in organisations and communities, whilst building effective communication using visual displays, game design, short written reports, and presentations.

Most organisations are engaged with sustainability as part of their operations, while others focus on it as their business purpose. You will be able to take your awareness into many different employment settings to make a contribution to these solutions and help drive positive change.