Environmental issues are posing multiple challenges to people and ecosystems across the planet. These challenges can only be addressed effectively if the complex connections between the societal (social, political, economic, cultural, and ethical) and the biophysical (geological, physical, ecological) dimensions of environmental issues are taken seriously.
This innovative, interdisciplinary degree combines the social and natural sciences to help you understand these different dimensions and why their interrelationships matter as we respond to intensifying environmental change.
Key features of the course
- Understand the complexity and controversies behind key environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and resource depletion
- Combine a thorough interdisciplinary grounding in environmental change with a distinctive social science approach to environmental issues
- Learn how to apply conceptual understandings of environmental issues to real-world situations
- Enhance your employability with a valued combination of knowledge and skills
This degree has three stages, each comprising two compulsory 60-credit modules.
- At Stage 1 you’ll be introduced to the study of contemporary environmental and social issues.
- At Stage 2 you’ll explore the nature of the relationship between environmental and social issues in more depth.
- At Stage 3 you’ll put your knowledge and skills to work investigating responses to environmental change and the political and policy debates that surround them.
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Honours) Environmental Studies uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
- working in a group with other students
- using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
- finding external/third party material online
- using specialist software (for example the Sibelius music writing package).
All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will, therefore, need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.
It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.
This qualification begins with the module Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116) which offers a great deal of help with study skills, such as taking notes, writing essays and basic scientific expressions to build a solid foundation for further study.
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Last updated January 22, 2018