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  • Academic Title
    Sustainable Development, BSc
  • Course description
    In the world today an awareness and understanding of sustainability and sustainable development is becoming increasingly important. This is recognised by the United Nations who have designated 2005-2014 the 'Decade of Education for Sustainable Development'.

    The concept of sustainability underpins much environmental, social and economic activity across a broad range of stakeholders, including the work of governments, business, industry, nongovernmental organisations, charities and pressure groups. The importance of sustainability is recognised at local, national and international levels. There is increasing need for professionals in a broad range of commercial and non-commercial enterprises who can engage with the sustainability agenda.

    The programme is constructed to allow the development of skills to help students prepare either for employment or further study for higher degrees. It combines vocational training and theoretical understanding and have strong links with local industries.

    The degree provides a modern, contemporary training in sustainability issues that can be put to use professionally in environmental consultancies, planning, regeneration, business as well as various management careers. Fieldtrips form an important component of the study experience with residential trips to the New Forest, the Lake District and Southern Spain. Students spend half of the final year involved in independent research working on a one to one basis with a member of staff.

    Year 1

        * Society, Economy and Sustainability
        * Practical Science Skills
        * Earth's Dynamic Systems
        * Science and the Environment
        * Residential field trip to the New Forest

    Year 2

        * Research Methods for Geography and Environmental Science
        * Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
        * Option from:
              o Environmental Resources
              o Contaminated Land Remediation
              o Ecological Conservation
              o Natural Hazards
              o Political Geography

        * Residential field trip to Southern Spain

    Optional Sandwich Year (Work Placement)

    Final Year

        * Research Dissertation in Sustainable Development
        * Sustainability: A Global Perspective
        * Readings in Sustainability
        * One option from:
              o Nature and Society
              o Environmental Management and Auditing
              o Biofuels
              o Environmental Archaelogy
              o Carbon Sequestration
              o Carbon Budgets
              o Sustainable Communities
              o Third World Development Issues
              o Sustainable Use of Water Resources
              o Community Participation in Planning and Regeneration

        * Two options from:
        *
              o Geography of Tourism and Development
              o Conservation and the Environment
              o Urban Development and Planning
              o Climate Change
              o Volcanic Hazards and Environmental Systems
              o Contaminated Land Remediation

    Career options

    Opportunities include: Sustainability officer, business and sustainability, sustainability management, local government, environmental consultancy and numerous teaching related areas

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