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Welcome to Global Sustainable Development

Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla
Dr Stéphanie
Panichelli-Batalla

Head of School for
Cross-faculty Studies

We study, research and teach Global Sustainable Development because it is an urgent priority for our social, economic and environmental wellbeing. In spite of the multiplicity of definitions that the term has generated, everyone who is involved in addressing the impact of development, the possibilities for a sustainable life and the complex moral and ethical debates around globalisation agrees that humanity has reached a point where passivity is no longer an option.

Our BASc Global Sustainable Development degrees are the first undergraduate programmes of this kind in the United Kingdom, offering a theorisation and a critical pedagogy that enables you to “envision a moral economy of social justice, citizenship and sustainability, based in social democracy” (Huckle). These degree courses require you to deploy a range of theoretical approaches drawn from science, social sciences and humanities in order to critique the various approaches to development, and to examine the possibilities for bringing together sustainability efforts and development policies in a politically sound, economically fair and socially democratic setting.

To meet your individual intellectual interests, we offer a single honours degree programme and a growing number of joint honours degrees. Our courses deal with current problems that have a local and global impact. Each degree course is challenging and ambitious; taking on a series of contemporary problems that governments, scientists, philosophers, educationalists and charities are grappling with. We offer a transdisciplinary, problem-based and solution-focused approach to learning that will allow you to engage with real-world problems and explore creative resolutions. Looking to the future, we hope to continue to develop our suite of undergraduate courses, and we are currently putting into place postgraduate programmes to open even more doors for you.

We want you to join us on this intellectual journey, as we question and challenge current views and theories on development. Beginning with the assumption that development is not only about economic growth, we examine opportunities for the promotion of redistribution and the reduction of inequalities. Then we examine the value choices involved in those opportunities and the ensuing ethical issues. We take a critical stance against early conceptions of development which assumed that Western ways of thinking and doing were the best and most efficacious, and we consider the ways in which science has responded to this simplistic and deterministic view. We take a holistic and systemic approach to understanding Economic, Social and Environmental factors that impact political and humanitarian interventions.

Our team of academics and administrators are passionate about Global Sustainable Development, and dedicated to ensuring that we provide you with a supportive and intellectually stimulating departmental culture and a curriculum that is unique in its depth, and the breadth and flexibility it affords. We are committed to ensuring your success, and to supporting you in developing your intellectual and professional interests. We will help you discover your own strengths and develop them further, making sure you’re ready for life after graduation, with the help of our very own Placement Officer.

We are confident that your chosen degree course will prove positively challenging and intellectually enriching. You will find it a course that leads to action and aspires to enact change. This is your opportunity to contest longstanding inequalities and to actively promote change. As advised by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, it is our moral responsibility to “make the world safer and more sustainable today and for the generations that will follow” and we hope that you will join us on this journey.

Welcome to Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick.
We’re looking forward to meeting you very soon."