About the program
The Bachelor of Global Studies (Sustainability) is founded on the growing relevance of sustainability to business, government and community, integrating economic, social and environmental perspectives. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing the complex challenges of global sustainability, and provides students with an understanding of the concepts as well as the tools across planning, problem solving, diplomacy and decision making relevant to professional practice. The program challenges students to critically review local sustainability issues in a global context. Topics covered include global issues of human development, such as social injustice, environmental degradation, conflict and resource scarcity, as well as local issues including environmental planning and impact assessment.
Graduates of this program will have an increased understanding of critical sustainability issues in the global and local contexts. They will have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and synthesise knowledge relating to different causes and possible solutions of global sustainability challenges. Graduates could expect to find employment in the following fields: Community Development, Foreign Agricultural and Fisheries, Environmental Impact Assessment, Ethical Supply Chain Management, Diplomacy and Trade.
The Bachelor of Global Studies (Sustainability) program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:
University core subjects (3)
- CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE 1)
- CORE11-002 Leadership and Team Dynamics (CORE 2)
- CORE11-003 Ethical Thought and Action (CORE 3)
Foundation subjects (5)
- Intercultural Communication (COMN12-204)
- Introduction to International Relations (INTR11-100)
- Introduction to Geopolitics (INTR11-101)
- East-West International Diplomacy (INTR12-210)
- Economics of Sustainable Development (SSUD11-211)
Global Studies major (6)
- Public Diplomacy & Social Media (INTR12-208)
- Global Development: Theory and Practice (INTR12-213)
- Global Political Economy (INTR12-214)
- The United Nations (INTR12-203)
- Global Institutions and Conflict Resolution (INTR12-206)
- Prospects for Global Politics (INTR13-306)
Sustainability major (6)
- Sustainable Development and Society (SSUD11-102)
- Managing Projects (SSUD12-103)
- Land Economy and the Environment (SSUD11-105)
- Environmental and Economic Impact Assessment (SSUD12-212)
- Sustainable Transport Planning (SSUD13-223)
- Restoration Ecology (SDEM12-205)
Any four (4) elective subjects from the Faculty of Society & Design list of undergraduate subjects.
Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
Year 12 school leaver
Bond University requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent for entry to Bachelor level programs. Bond does not rely solely on the Overall Position (OP) or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Rather, a range of criteria are also considered such as extracurricular activities and personal attributes, including outstanding leadership qualities and community involvement.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
I chose to study at Bond because I recognised the value of the trimester system and the head-start it could give me in the workforce, or alternatively, time to travel and pursue other passions. Upon further research I decided I wanted to be recognised as a student, and not just a number in a tertiary institution, which fuelled by decision to study at Bond and be surrounded by interested students and professional academics. While at Bond, I chose to complete a Bachelor of Global Studies (Sustainability).
I loved the opportunities Bond University gave me. Looking back on my time as an undergraduate student, it seems surreal that I completed my study while also travelling to remote Western Australia with the Kununurra Project twice (a student-run philanthropic initiative working with Save the Children), completed a Capstone Project in the Solomon Islands, participated in the Alumni Mentorship Program and also maintained a healthy social life. I doubt that other universities could provide the same level of opportunity in such a short time frame.
Like most things in my life my Bond experience came to be short and sweet, a jump into the deep-end of university life. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my subjects and was captivated by my lecturers who truly were experts in their field. At times I felt nervous, my degree was ‘experimental’ and no other student had taken the opportunity to study it before I had. But as I got further into my degree I realised that this was an area I was incredibly passionate in and could be seen as a degree for the future.
Socially, I made some life-long friends through my time at Bond who are spread across the globe. I felt both challenged and stimulated through my studies and realised that what I was studying was both applicable to the complicated world we live in, and people seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say. Overall, I would say the experience was rather inspiring.
While at Bond I undertook numerous Internships. I interned at Wyndham Resorts Asia Pacific, as part of their Green Initiatives Team. My responsibilities included the development of an Energy Consumption Dashboard to be implemented across their regional assets. I secured this internship through the Career Development Centre, a resource I would recommend to anyone looking to further their opportunities.
I also went to the Solomon Islands to undertake a research assessment in an area of my choosing. This opportunity was available to all students within the Faculty of Society and Design. I worked on an Anti-Corruption Framework based on field research conducted on Makira Island, the Southmost Island of the archipelago. This proved to be a serious amount of work, but incredibly rewarding and a truly unique experience.
I am currently employed by the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development in their Graduate Program, based in Canberra. At this point in time I am working within the Queensland Infrastructure Projects team, negotiating with both the Federal and State Government’s on program implementation of key road and rail initiatives in Queensland. Bond gave me an incredibly strong baseline of knowledge for my role. I feel as if I have a unique knowledge base in environmental sustainability, but regardless of this, a strong foundation in areas that employers find fitting for employable attributes. Especially within the Australian Public Service, there is always a need for specialised knowledge, but at entry level, recruiters are looking for well-rounded, emotionally intelligent individuals. I believe Bond has the means to produce this type of person.
I feel at Bond you are not just a number in a lecture hall. You have a personal relationship with your lecturers and students and like it traditionally has been in universities, are encouraged to follow your passions, no matter how radical or against the flow they may seem. I would recommend studying at Bond, but even more so I would take this opportunity to recommend the Bachelor of Global Studies (Sustainability). It truly is a Degree for this generation and melds two disciplines (International Relations/Environmental Sustainability) in such a way that gives you a unique view of the world. Bond provided me the tools to make serious institutional change in my life and fundamentally change the way in which I am today.