This programme examines the social, political and cultural implications of environmental science and technology. You will learn to assess scientific and technological innovations as potential solutions to environmental issues. It trains professionals, decision-makers and students in the social implications of environmental issues, particularly in relation to technologies as potential solutions. It focuses on responsible innovation.
Why this programme
-This programme addresses the wider social and political dimensions behind our scientific and technological choices concerning the environment, using a global approach. -We provide interdisciplinary teaching, combining solutions from science and engineering with the sensitivities of sociology, history, ethics and politics. -Our programme has an applied focus, and features a programme of guest speakers from relevant fields. -The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is one of the UK’s foremost centres of expertise in interdisciplinary environmental teaching and research. -Teaching is closely linked with the Solway Centre for Environment & Culture, a research centre providing opportunity for further research and collaboration. -Dumfries & Galloway, in south west Scotland, is an excellent location for environmental study and research. The modern campus is ideally situated in proximity to a natural living laboratory, relevant non-governmental organisations, renewable energy companies and a range of partnership organisations.
You will take four core and two optional courses, and complete a dissertation. Teaching is through a combination of methods including lectures, seminars, case studies and a programme of guest speakers.
Core courses -Environment, technology and society -Environmental communication -Environmental ethics and behavioural change -Environmental politics and society
Optional courses -Climate change: impacts on ecology -Reading the environment: modern and contemporary nature writing -Tourism, sustainability and climate change -Writing the environment: old and new world romanticisms
As a graduate you will be able to pursue careers in technology assessment, environmental management and policy making and analysis with government agencies, environmental consultancies, and private companies. The degree also aims to empower active citizens by providing the skills and understandings to underpin successful environmental campaigns. The degree is also an excellent first step toward a PhD in topics related to the wider implications of our environmental and societal choices.