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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies: Standard pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 comprises two compulsory 60-credit interdisciplinary modules, Introducing the social sciences (DD101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q19-1,module,DD101,,1 and Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q19-1,module,U116,,1. The social sciences module will develop your study skills and provide a broad and absorbing overview of a range of social science disciplines including geography, economics, sociology, psychology, politics and international studies. You’ll explore a range of topics and questions on society’s relationship with the environment; identity; social order; and governance.

The environment module draws together subjects from the social sciences, science and technology to provide a fascinating introduction to contemporary environmental topics. Your learning will take the form of an exploratory journey that starts from home – and on the way you’ll gain awareness of the language, ideas and concepts needed to make sense of environmental change. You’ll explore a broad range of environments including the Arctic, the Nile, the Amazon, China and some of the world’s great cities.

Together, your Stage 1 modules will also develop the critical and analytical skills needed for Stage 2 study.

Stage 2

Stage 2 begins with a compulsory interdisciplinary module Environment: sharing a dynamic planet (DST206)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q19-1,module,DST206,,1 (60 credits). You’ll examine how environmental change has varied over time and space during the Earth’s history; and explore the role of natural factors and human activity in environmental change. You’ll examine the scientific and political uncertainties surrounding major environmental issues, and gain a broad understanding of why such issues are often the source of social and political conflict. They include climate change, the provision of fresh water and sustainable agriculture.

You’ll then choose from optional modules designed to deepen your understanding of environmental science, environmental technology, or the questions that arise in international development projects.

Throughout your Stage 2 studies you’ll continue to develop your skills in analysis and critical thinking in preparation for Stage 3 study.

Stage 3

Stage 3 starts with one of two interdisciplinary modules.

Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context (DU311)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q19-1,module,DU311,,1 is primarily a social science module on international environmental policy, which provides a topical overview of the many problems and issues with which policy makers and others have to grapple when making environmental policy on climate change, urbanisation, industrial development, rural agriculture and other issues. 

The environmental web (U316)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q19-1,module,U316,,1 is a science-based module on environmental change, its consequences and implications for sustainability. You’ll explore issues such as climate change, water management and biodiversity conservation. You’ll research an environmental topic of your choice and present your findings through web pages that you’ll design yourself, using the module’s Web Wizard.

You can choose to take both these modules, thus completing your degree. However, if you decide to study just one module, you can finish your degree by selecting from options as diverse as economics, science or technology – depending on your interests and career aspirations.

On completing this stage and having qualified, you’ll be confident at finding, evaluating and presenting complex data and information. You’ll have gained a portfolio of critical, analytical and practical skills as well as specialist knowledge in environmental studies that you can apply to a range of workplace environments.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years.


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