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How can we work towards a sustainable future? There are plenty of new sustainable technologies, smart governmental instruments and new ideas on organising the market to become more sustainable, but very often we don’t use them. Why is that? What can we learn from successful examples of societal change in other countries?
This programme focuses on the way society deals with its physical environment. We’ll look at experiences of countries all over the globe, at good and bad practises and at the role of markets and governments as well as society itself. You’ll become part of the quest for sustainability. How can we green our economies and change daily behaviour? With the help of other disciplines like sociology, psychology, political
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1. A completed academic Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies, Spatial Planning, Human Geography, or another related discipline.
2. A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a. A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
b. A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
c. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3. A background in research methodology
€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,000 (from non-EEA countries).
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This master specialisation provides much freedom to delve into the environmental issues you're interested in, either by choosing an elective courses or by writing a paper about a self-chosen topic. The mandatory courses seem to be very theoretical, but in the end they are the framework for the rest of the year and, moreover, form the theoretical lens through which you can write your master thesis.
Students from the specialisation Global Environment & Society have a wide variety of backgrounds (educational and nationality). Since the group of students is rather small, you get to know most of them personally, including some of the professors.
Be prepared! Make sure you're mentally ready to learn much about depressing topics concerning biodiversity and climate change. Although teachers mostly try to move us to the solution, you'll inevitably learn about the wicked problems in our field of study.
I'm doing an internship at PBL (Netherlands Assessment Agency). For my thesis I'm conducting a discourse analysis on contentious issues, such as the introduction of a carbon tax for the industry, that arose during the process of formulating a national Climate Agreement in the Netherlands.
If you're reading this testimonial, I don't have to convince you why it's important to study this discipline. I'd be lying if I told you that it's always fun to study these contemporary issues, but therefore all the more important and current.
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