Sustainable Enterprise major: Bachelor of Business

Design for Sustainability: For the love of bees


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Sustainable enterprise is the business of caring for people, the environment and our collective wellbeing. It’s both a challenge and an opportunity to make a practical difference. The Sustainable Enterprise major focuses on how to create future-proofed businesses that integrate economic, social and environmental priorities. You can combine it with any other business major to open up a range of career opportunities in business or not-for-profit organisations.

By being involved in projects and site visits, you learn both the mindset and the practical skills to manage businesses sustainably. You become familiar with relevant international frameworks, and national policy and regulatory mechanisms related to sustainability. You learn to evaluate and recommend strategies for better environmental and community practice. Throughout your studies you develop the skills to connect with diverse audiences, grapple with complicated problems and become an agent for change.

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

More information about the Bachelor of Business

Structure and content

Part 1

Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:

  • Business in Context (30 points)
  • Management and Organisation (15 points)
  • Accounting for Decision Making (15 points)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points)
  • Economic Principles I (15 points)

In addition to the 5 core papers, to major in Sustainable Enterprise you must complete the elective paper Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points) and choose 1 elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:

  • Economic Principles 2 (15 points)
  • Introduction to Finance (15 points)
  • Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales: Positioning in an Omni Environment (15 points)
  • Business Information Systems (15 points)
  • Design for Business (15 points)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points)

Part 2

Level six:
SUSE601 Managing Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
SUSE602 Climate Change & Emissions Strategy

Select One:
BSYS603 Project Management
DESN600 Design Thinking Practices
MGMT603 Leadership for Change
TOUR609 Tourism and the Environment

Level seven:
ACCT708 Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
SUSE701 Student Consultant Partnership Paper

Select One:
DESN702 Design for Sustainability
ECON705 Economics, Natural Resources and Society
ENTR701 Social Entrepreneurship
TOUR704 Tourism Planning and Development

Part 3

Workplace experience (Co-operative Education) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice in New Zealand or overseas. You apply what you’ve learnt in a real-world business, not-for-profit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or through an applied project, which is a supervised research project.

Related programmes

Please visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.

Career opportunities

  • Sustainability champion
  • Organisational change specialist
  • Environmental or social entrepreneur
  • Corporate social responsibility advisor
  • Sustainable marketing and strategy consultant
  • Corporate community liaison


Last updated: 15-Jan-2018 9.47am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.