Bachelor of Arts & Science
Three Year Programme
Joint Honours with GSD and Politics Departments
Study Abroad or Work Placement
Global Sustainable Development requires a global political dialogue. Understanding key political concepts, ideologies, and practices of national and international governments is essential for providing solutions for sustainable development. Your studies will lead you into testing questions. Why do states marginalise human rights in place of geopolitical aims? Why has water and food security become a critical foreign policy consideration for national governments? Why does political gridlock on a national and international level frequently emerge in discussions about climate change? By combining PAIS with GSD, you will be seeking to answer these questions, combining theoretical and analytical approaches from Politics with the interdisciplinary outlook of GSD.
If you are interested in the world's problems, want to learn more about them and have a social conscience, then you should study Global Sustainable Development. If you are flexible and adaptable and able to consider global issues from different perspectives, understand their complexity, can think creatively about potential solutions and want to be equipped to make a real difference to the world, then you should study Global Sustainable Development at Warwick. You will take a holistic approach to exploring issues surrounding sustainability, including climate change, energy security, and wealth inequality. A BASc in Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development encourages you to pose challenging questions about the complexity of global politics and the individuality of cultures and local systems of government. Upon completing your course, you will have developed vital knowledge of sustainability and a set of transferable skills to pursue a variety of career pathways.
Explore the list of GSD and PAIS modules in full
- Economic Principles of GSD (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Social Principles of GSD (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Environmental Principles of GSD (15 CATs, Term 2)
- GSD Mini-Project (15 CATS, Term 2)
Year Two (with Term Abroad)
- Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Food Systems: Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Any approved optional module with a GSD focus (including from other department) (15 CATs, Term 1)
- Term 2 and 3 is spent abroad, where relevant courses are taught by a partner institution
Year Two (remaining at Warwick)
- Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development (30 CATs, Terms 1 & 2)
- Food Systems: Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability (30 CATs, Terms 1 & 2)
- Any approved optional module with a GSD focus (including from other department) (30 CATs, Terms 1 & 2)
- Political Theory from Hobbes (30 CATS, Terms 1 & 2)
- Choice of modules offered by PAIS (30 CATS, Terms 1 & 2)
- Certificate of Coaching Practice
- Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placement
- Certificate of Sustainability
- Completed over four weeks (150 hours) during Summer, Year Two
A Global Sustainable Development programme offers you the opportunity for a truly global outlook. You could spend from February to July of your Second Year studying at the University of Warwick's partner institution, Monash University, either in Melbourne, Australia or their campus just outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You may, alternatively, spend an intercalated year at one of Warwick's many other partner institutions across the world. More information
Our integrated programme is specifically structured so you can spend time abroad, without having to extend the overall length of your undergraduate course.
Study at Monash University, home to the Sustainable Development Institute, a world-leading centre for multi-disciplinary research into sustainability.
- Your academic achievements at Monash will be accredited and transferred to your overall degree classification awarded at Warwick.
- Immerse yourself in the culture of one of the Pacific's most vibrant cities, Melbourne or Kuala Lumpur, and gain invaluable personal experience from living and studying abroad.
Course fees continue to be paid in full to Warwick. You will continue to receive your student loan, if eligible.
Warwick is a world of possibility but it is up to you as to what opportunities you take. Our students gain a broad range of interests and commitments during their time studying at the University. Each experience can greatly benefit your future career, and all experiences can be beneficial when it comes to applying for volunteer work, internships, or a paid position. Here are just some of the countless opportunities you will have at Warwick:
- Societies - Join one of Warwick's 250+ Student societies. Societies provide you with access to an incredible network of diverse students, the hub of campus life. Taking up a position on a society's executive committee also provides an invaluable opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, highly desired by employers. You might even want to join the Global Sustainable Development Society
- Sports - Grow new talents and push your limits by joining one of campus' outstanding Sports Clubs. As of Spring 2019, you will have access to Warwick's new multi-million pound Sports Hub, one of the largest in the United Kingdom.
- Volunteer - Get out into the community and sign up with Warwick Volunteers. Other projects also include Warwick In Africa, and the Laksh Project. Many departments also offer dedicated outreach programmes.
- Research - Diversify your knowledge and gain invaluable research experience through one of our undergraduate funds: Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS), Lord Rootes Memorial Fund, Opportunity Fund. You could even present your research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) or the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).
- Work - Find part-time employment with UniTemps, Warwick Summer Internships, and Warwick Students' Union. Many students also take the chance to search for work in Coventry, Leamington Spa, Warwick, and surrounding areas of the University. Warwick's Careers Service offer comprehensive support for writing CVs and Cover Letters.
- Sustainability - green energy; environmental consultancy; conservation; sustainable transport; sustainable fashion; food and beverage industry; big businesses and banking; marketing; creative design and innovation; start ups; research and academia.
- International Development - Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), charities, and Think Tanks often employ fundraising officers, project managers, logistics, communications and PR, researchers, caseworkers, and overseas fieldwork positions.
- Social Justice and Humanitarian Aid - NGOs, charities, Think Tanks, and pressure groups are major employers in this sector. Key areas include law, advocacy, campaigning, policy specialists, engineers, marketing, communications and PR, caseworkers, administration, overseas fieldwork, journalism and media.
- Government and Politics - Civil Service (the Treasury, Foreign Office and Department for International Development run Graduate Schemes, alongside the wider Civil Service Graduate Scheme), Think Tanks, local government, political risk, journalism and media, academia and research.
- Supranational Institutions - United Nations, European Union, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Health Organisation, Commonwealth Secretariat.
- Health Care and Psychology - pharmaceuticals, research and academia, behavioural economics, marketing, sustainability innovations in NHS.
This list is far from comprehensive. You may also want to bear in mind that as the world's economy, climate, and political systems change, so too will the jobs associated with it.
A level AAA, plus B in English and B in Mathematics at GCSE (Offers exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking)
IB 38 to include Mathematics and English
Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
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3 Years (Full Time)
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc)
University of Warwick, Coventry
Intergrated (Year Two) or Intercalated options available. More Information
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