Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

Major/Minor/Specialisation !441-MS-MAJ+1012 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Associate Professor Ruth Beilin (MSLE)


Office for Environmental Programs
Ground Floor, Walter Boas Building (building 163)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

Complex relationships exist between cities and the agricultural and natural environments on which they rely. The Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions major examines such relationships and how they impact on urban, suburban, rural and regional dwellers in the 21st century at different scales.

This major applies sustainability concepts to human settlements and to natural resource management in other settings.

Appropriate for professionals working in land management, extension, and planning agencies in both industrialised and developing economies, we are looking for students whose background equips them to move into advanced study of these issues.

Study in this major leads to employment in regulatory agencies, local, state and national government, international and national consulting companies and industries. Students can expect to work in urban, rural or regional areas.


Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:
• An advanced understanding of environmental issues
• Advanced skills and techniques applicable to changing and managing the environment
• An ability to evaluate and synthesise research and professional literature in the chosen stream or focus of study
• An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of environmental assessment

The graduate attributes for the Master of Environment are:
• Expertise in multidisciplinary understanding, analysis and research with an environmental focus
• Collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving
• Capacity to engage in critical social and sustainability questions

The Master of Environment generic skills are:
• Multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary knowledge and research of environmental relevance
• Collaborative environmental management skills
• Capacity for independent learning across discipline boundaries

Structure & Available Subjects:

Students will be required to complete the two core subjects, plus choose three subjects from the compulsory subject list and undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions major coordinator.

For a current list of subjects offered in the Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions major, please refer to the course information page at:,_sustainable_regions

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Students are required to complete the subjects:

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Compulsory Subjects

and choose 3 subjects from the list of:

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Elective Subjects

plus undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The recommended list of electives includes:

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Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
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Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinator.

Related Course(s): Master of Environment
Master of Environment

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