|Full time||1 year||September 2016|
|Part time||2 years||September 2016|
Environmental problems are multidisciplinary by nature and thus they require a multidisciplinary approach. This course provides a broad-based understanding of environmental and sustainability issues from biodiversity to waste management, as well as the social, legal and economic factors that come into play. It also allows you to specialise in a particular contemporary issue in environment and earth resources management that interests you.
You will examine the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the management of environmental problems arising from the use and misuse of natural resources. You will be trained in relevant earth science techniques for the collection, analysis and interpretation of environmental data. You will also investigate the rationale behind the exploitation and conservation of the natural environment and the need for a sustainable management strategy.
Environmental law and policy is a central theme across the taught modules, and you can specialise in a particular area of interest by replacing a taught module with a self-study module on contemporary issues in environmental and earth resources management.
Exams, individual or group-based exercises, reports, reviews, practical exercises, seminars, poster presentations, role-play exercises and simulations, research project.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
The module examines the relationship between land and water management, global challenges associated with the management of land and water, and sustainable options to seek their resolution. The module will develop an understanding and critical evaluation of these challenges from several perspectives through the systematic investigation of land-use practices, the applications of soil science and linking practices to processes to understand the nature of contaminants, contaminated land management and remediation, the interface between land management and water management, global concerns for water security, land use impacts on the wider environment, including climate, physical and socio-political drivers and an examination of the regional land-water management issues. The module will develop practical skills for the field data collection, sampling and laboratory analysis of soil contaminants and water quality.
Sustainability is about not producing environmental degradation, but it also concerns avoiding a reduction in the stock of 'natural capital'; that is not depleting the environment for future generations. The main focus of the module will be on waste and energy, although the course will consider all sectors of the economy (primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary) and the policies, legal basis and practices designed to achieve 'sustainability'. Scales, from global to local will be considered. The module will explore its theoretical basis in macro and micro-economic, as social and environmental factors associated with natural resource usage. Regulation and market-based incentives, property rights (as they affect sustainable development), public participation and economic behaviour will be discussed. The module will come to focus on local level practical applications, especially for key aspects of sustainability and Good Practice in the modern business sector. Specifically, it will consider re-cycling, Environmental Auditing, Eco-Design and Management and Audit (EMAS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), British Standards, Environmental Impact Assessment and Corporate Social Responsibility.
This module provides basic skills in research methods and techniques, including geographical information system (GIS) for data storage, manipulation and display. It initially develops GIS skills by introducing GIS concepts, sources for geographical information and outlines basic spatial concepts. Subsequently the module encompasses the theoretical underpinnings to research methods and techniques, including sampling schemes, measurements, quality control issues, and data collection, manipulation and analysis. This together with practical elements of designing research proposals and data testing enables the necessary skills for carrying out independent research work.
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
This module provides experience of planning, designing and executing a sustained piece of independent research. It involves formulating a testable hypothesis; designing a programme of data collection to test it; critically evaluating and interpreting your own data in the light of current research; and summarising and reviewing in a clear and professional manner.
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
This module reviews the concept of biodiversity and examines current conservation policy, strategies and issues as they apply at a range of scales. An examination of their applications within local, regional and national and global frameworks provides an important policy perspective.
This module reviews current ideas on climate change and its implications for society. The complexities of this debate and their relevance to a sustainable future for human societies, and to ecosystems and planetary well being, more generally, are explored. Keynote lectures will introduce the science of climate change; uncertainties and challenges in global climate change modelling; implications of climate change predictions; appropriate societal responses; and 'best' strategies for mitigating potential climate change and its impacts. The challenges of policy-making against a background of uncertain science are explored through case studies and role-play scenarios and by site visits.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.