Global warming, over-fishing, famines, water shortages, organic food, the loss of rare animal species, fair trade coffee, deforestation, geopolitical struggles over oil and gas supplies, and desertification: these are among the signature issues of our time. They raise important questions about how we currently - and should in future - organise the relationships between societies and the natural resources and environments upon which they depend. This new MSc addresses these questions. It will provide a thorough training in the principles and practices of environmental governance. It is targeted at three audiences: those wishing to pursue a career in environmental regulation and management; those wishing to do further research on these topics; and current environmental professionals wishing to update their knowledge.
The MSc is distinctive in four ways:
-First, it considers the whole spectrum of approaches to regulating human use of the non-human world: from market-based to non-market approaches
-Second, the degree covers a wide spectrum of environments and resources, using case studies from the `first', `second' and `third' worlds equally
-Third, the MSc makes the connections between the different social spheres where environmental governance occurs - such as production, distribution and consumption.
-Finally, the MSc is highly interdisciplinary and will expose students to ideas and practices developed in a range of subject areas rather than one alone.
The degree is taught in such a way that students develop a wide range of both generic and subject-specific skills. Though the core teaching staff belong to the Geography discipline in the School of Environment and Development, the degree draws upon the expertise of the Society-Environment Research Group (SERG). This group involves over 10 researchers from SED and the School of Social Science. These researchers have distinguished records of theoretical, empirical and applied research in a range of geographical and environmental settings. These include work on mining in the south Pacific and French Guyana, on land rights in southern Africa, on bioprospecting in central America, on conservation projects in central Africa, on GMOs in Britain, and on water management in Ecudaor and Spain - to name but a few.
The programme will also make good use of environmental practitioners in Manchester and the north-west of England. One of the practical elements of the programme will involve working with (or on) local institutions of environmental governance.
Course units typically include:
-Theories of Environmental Governance
-Seminars and Key Texts in Environmental Governance
-Doing Geographical Research 1 and 2
-Environment and Democracy - exploring issues and mechanisms in ensuring democratic decision making about the use of the environment
-Valuing the Environment
-An Introduction to Environmental Economics
-Environment and Development
-Concepts in Environmental Law
-International Environmental Politics
Several other new options will be available in due course.
Students can also take as options units taught as part of the masters degrees in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction and Environmental Impact Assessment and Management.