SDG subjects and courses

In 2015, 194 United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, identifying 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an urgent call to action to protect the planet and improve the lives of all people. The 17 SDGs encompass the need to provide all citizens of the world with a sustainable planet and everyday necessities with a deadline of 2030.

In 2019, UOW signed the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Higher Education Commitment, joining an innovative group of Australian and New Zealand Universities. UOW is actively working towards incorporating these vital Global Goals into our educational offerings. This will ensure that our students are well informed global citizens that can continue to contribute to realising sustainable development throughout their studies and careers by being proactive, responsible and educated in relation to how realising the Global Goals will better the world.

In Autumn session 2021, first year subjects related directly to the Sustainable Development Goals will be highlighted. In coming sessions UOW will be increasing the suite of subjects to include those relevant to coursework and research students at a range of levels.

If you have questions or would like to know more about this initiative please contact the Future Education team at uow-future-education@uow.edu.au

First year subjects

Subject description

The subject explores responsible and ethical business in contemporary organisations as they relate to business practice and sustainable development. It provides students with theoretical and philosophical understandings of ethics to critically evaluate individual and organisational responses to sustainable development in organisational decision-making. The topics covered will include a focus on ethical and social responsibility in business. Key challenges addressed include the environment and climate change, human rights, bribery prevention and governance, sustainable development, globalisation and technology. Students will examine these challenges in contemporary organisational contexts from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 5: Gender Equality    Goal 10: Reduced inequalities  

 

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Degrees

Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Business

Subject description

This subject aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to whole organism biology, from species to populations, communities and ecosystems. Specifically, the subject explores the identity, anatomical and life-history characteristics of the main groups of organisms, their patterns of diversity across Earth, the processes of evolution and speciation, ecology and conservation biology. In addition, through a series of practical classes, the subject equips students with an understanding of the scientific process, ways in which experiments are designed and implemented, the processes of data collection and analysis and hypothesis testing. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 13: Climate action    Goal 15: Life on Land

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Bachelor of Science

Subject description

This subject incorporates an overview of fundamental concepts in food and nutrition, as they relate to human health. This subject introduces students to the role of nutrition for health, including key components which may constitute a healthy diet, as well as methods to evaluate dietary intakes. Students will discuss the role of factors which may influence intake including interaction of biological, lifestyle and sociocultural aspects of human behaviour; changes in the nature of the food system; role of government and professional groups; and consumer interest. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Common core: Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science & Rehab, Bachelor of Pre-medicine, Science & Health, Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Bachelor of Nutrition.

Elective: Bachelor of Medical & Health Sciences

 

Subject description

'Indigenous Geographies' focuses on the geographic perspectives of Indigenous belonging, reconciliation politics, Indigenous land, and environmental claims and disputes. Content is framed around social and ecological change, introducing students to appropriate ethical, cultural and research skills to respond to social inequities and environmental challenges. The primary focus is Australia, with an overview of the international context. The subject includes colonial history in relation to land, legal and policy processes, and the cultural dimensions of Indigenous relationships to land and environment in urban, regional and remote contexts. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 4: Quality Education

Faculty

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Degrees

Bachelor of Primary Education

Subject description

In this subject, we will explore health within a social context to gain an understanding of how the conditions in which people live, work and age shape their health and well-being. The course will provide an introduction to key theoretical and methodological concepts that underpin the conceptualisation of health as a social concept. We will also explore some of the important insights and challenges arising from the social determinants approach. Throughout the subject, examples will explore health inequalities as experienced by some of the most vulnerable and marginalised populations and groups, with an emphasis on Indigenous experiences from Australia and internationally. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Faculty

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Degrees

Bachelor of Social Science
Bachelor of Public Health

Subject description

In this subject, students will draw together engineering principles covered in other subjects to develop context-appropriate solutions to engineering challenges. Students will work in teams undertaking investigation, concept development, and detailed design that demonstrates innovative and creative thinking. Students must consider the technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of a design problem to produce solutions that are likely to be workable in the real world. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure    Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Faculty

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Degrees

Bachelor of Social Science
Bachelor of Public Health