Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development


The unique structure of the Responsible Resource Development program aims to give students a firm foundation in the principles of sustainable development at the beginning of their program. These principles are integrated through each specialised thematic area, providing students with deeper knowledge in their chosen specialisation that is grounded in the sustainable development paradigm. 

Students enter the program with a common core course, Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry Context, which incorporates a one week intensive workshop at the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus. As this program is offered almost entirely online, this week of coming together will provide a face to face interaction with students, teachers, and the wider Sustainable Minerals Institute community. 

A second common core, Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry – Tools and Integration, is offered at the Graduate Diploma level of the program, again bringing together all students to share knowledge from their unique specialisations with each other.

For students wishing to focus on Sustainable Development and elect not to specialise, a combination of subjects from across the three specialisations to a total number of required units for each award level can be taken subject to approval by the Program Convenor. A suggested study plan is provided below.

This integrated Sustainable Development program is suitable for any resource industry professional who requires an overview of the main issues and questions which confront the extractives industry in Australia and globally. It is appropriate for those beginning a new role, transitioning to a different career, or entering managemnet; this could be in private industry, local or national government, or more broadly in civil organisations active in resource communities.

Sustainable Development Core Courses

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector (MINE7053) This introductory course is a requirement for all students undertaking the Graduate Certificate program. This couse is an introduction to how sustainable development (SD) relates to the minerals industry. This course covers SD history and theory, drivers to adopt SD principles in the minerals industry, industry response to SD, SD in varied operational settings, including small and mid-tier mining companies, assessment and measurement of SD initiatives at mine operations.

To complement the online nature of this course, there will be a compulsory five day intensive held at UQ’s St Lucia  campus in Brisbane during the first semester, dates to be advised during Week 1. Travel, accommodation costs, and arrangements are the responsibility of the student. A $200 catering fee will also be payable for the week.

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector – Tools and Integration (MINE7061) This course is a core course for all students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program. Building on the foundation of ‘Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector’, this course introduces students to a range of tools and frameworks that can be used to inform sustainability thinking and practice. The course examines the connectivity and pathways that these tools provide across the range of SMI’s ‘disciplines’ and their integration into, and practical use, when applied to the sustainability challenges facing the global resources sector.

Suggested study plans

One course per semester                                           Two courses per semester

* These are suggested study plans only and course selection will depend on individual circumstances and course availability.

Fields of Study