Bachelor of Arts & Science
Three Year Programme
Joint Honours with GSD and Sociology Departments
Study Abroad or Work Placement
Sociology - the study of humans in society - is at the heart of the roadmap towards a sustainable future. Each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has a sociological aspect, and understanding the social implications of world trade, economic growth, and climate change has never been more critical. Since the birth of the neoliberal era, major global transformations have redefined societies across the world, producing social unrest, increased wealth inequality, and new migration trends. Sociologists are now focusing on why the current organisation of society might itself be unsustainable, researching innovative solutions to develop social-environmental relationships that are less environmentally harmful. By studying Sociology with Global Sustainable Development you will be combining sociological concepts including race, identity, ethnicity, and gender and applying these to global issues such as wealth inequality, elite power, and food security. The interdisciplinary approach of a Global Sustainable Development BASc will give you the creative freedom to research topics that you feel most connected to.
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. A BASc in Sociology and Global Sustainable Development will give you an interdisciplinary skill set for investigating and analysing societies across the world. Your research and studies will form a bridge between the arts and social sciences, endorsing a holistic approach throughout. Our two departments are built upon principles of diversity and embracing different opinions and, as such, a BASc in Sociology and Global Sustainable Development encourages you to think differently from a 'traditional' degree course. You will be encountering sociological concepts and taking these on board as you research innovative solutions for sustainability across the world. Upon completing your degree, you will have the opportunity to explore career pathways in both the arts and sciences, applying your diverse skill set to a wide variety of employment opportunities.
Explore the list of GSD and Sociology 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)
- Quantitative Methods I (15 CATS, Term 1)
- History of Sociological Thought (15 CATS, Term 1)
- Researching Society and Culture (15 CATS, Term 1)
- Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World (15 CATS, Term 1)
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)
- Any approved Second Year modules offered by Sociology Department (30 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)
- Designing and Conducting Social Research (15 CATS, Term 2)
- Any approved Second Year modules offered by Sociology Department (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
- Dissertation/Long Project (30 CATs, Terms 1 & 2)
- Any approved optional module with a GSD focus, (including from other departments) (30 CATs, Terms 1 & 2)
- Any approved Final Year modules offered by Sociology Department (60 CATS, Terms 1 & 2)
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 AAB, plus B in English and B in Mathematics at GCSE (Offers exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking)
IB 36 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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