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Environment and Society

Bachelor of Social Science

Explore the intersections between human society and the environment.

Understand how environmental crises such as climate change, waste and biodiversity loss are tied to social, political, economic and cultural processes. In this major, you will learn to connect your advanced understanding of environmental issues with social science skills to co-design socially and environmentally just and sustainable futures.

Graduate career destinations range from working with environmental community organisations, to government, consultancy and the private sector. Example opportunities include climate smart design within local government, environmental impact assessment with multinational corporations, local through to international environmental policymaking, and ensuring national and international climate and human rights responsibilities are upheld.


1 in Queensland for social sciences and management

QS World University Rankings 2024

6 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2023

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Community planning and policy adviser
  • Environmental and science communicator
  • Environmental advocate
  • International development worker
  • Environmental policy officer
  • Environment and sustainability consultant
  • Clean energy policy officer

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Environment & Society
  • Sociology of the Environment
  • Environmental Politics & Policy
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies

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