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  • Objectives
    This interdisciplinary programme aims to develop knowledge, skills and critical understanding of: * the interconnections between ecology, the individual, social and economic systems; * the diverse issues arising in different contexts and an ability to analyse them; * our species' impact on the biosphere, and ways that we can create healthier, ecologically sustainable and more socially just communities at local, national and global levels.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements A good honours degree in a discipline related to human ecology, or professional experience demonstrating capacity to study at Masters level; work, voluntary or other life experience related to human ecology; and supportive academic and professional references. Applicants may be asked to complete a pre-entry assignment.
  • Academic Title
    MSc in Human Ecology
  • Course description
    A Master of Science, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate programme for people who want to take responsibility and initiative for effective, enduring change for ecological sustainability and social justice. The programme is offered through a partnership between the Centre for Human Ecology and the Department of Geography and Sociology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

    The course
    Human ecology is an interdisciplinary field that explores the individual, collective and transpersonal aspects of the human condition. It draws on the scientifically-informed and fundamental assumption that living in right and sustainable relationship within the ecologies of the Earth's threatened biosphere is a necessary condition of global survival and of human flourishing.

    The programme comprises a foundation of two core modules addressing:

        * Our species' impact on the biosphere, within a framework that acknowledges the inter-connectedness between the state of the planet and social and economic systems;

        * The ways in which consciousness and cultures co-evolve, shape, and are shaped by, the physical, social, and mental environment;

        * The contextualisation, analysis and active transformation of degraded environments, both physical and social.

    Core classes

    All students take:

    Human Ecology 1: Ecology, Self, Community
    Human Ecology 2: Integration, Vocation, Leadership

    Students taking the MSc also complete a Dissertation (worth 60 credits).

    Option classes (MSc & Diploma students)
    (offered in the academic year 08/09)
    Students choose 3 option classes to make up their remaining credits from:

    Ethical Enterprise
    Spiritual Activism
    Investigative Research
    Action Research
    We have added some new option classes for the forthcoming session, including:

    Manufacture of Consent

    2 classes from MSc in Environmental Studies

    A student’s curriculum will therefore be made up of the following components from compulsory and optional classes:

    Group A – Human Ecology 1 and Human Ecology 2 – 60 credits – compulsory

    Group B – Ethical Enterprise, Action Research, Spiritual Activism, Ecopsychology and Manufacture of Consent – at least 40 Credits (i.e. 2 classes)

    Group C – Investigative Research, 2x1class from the MSc in Environmental Studies (tbc) - 20 credits

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