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Global Sustainable Development in Practice

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Building the bridge between theory and practice is at the heart of sustainable development and with GSD your learning will go far beyond the classroom. Our pedagogical vision encourages practical action as a core component of your educational experience and our courses implement a hands-on, collaborative approach wherever possible. Warwick is also home to a number of active student-led initiatives and societies which promote the cause of sustainable development. And what's more, our Department has supported a number of GSD students with independent research projects focusing on issues related to sustainability. We maintain that practical learning is key to the praxis of sustainable development, and you can find out more below.


Biodiversity and Ecology

First-year optional module

In our first-year optional module 'Biodiversity and Ecology', Dr Jess Savage will guide you through a diverse array of weekly ecological practicals across Warwick's campus, including surveying mammal populations in woodland areas and exploring Tocil Wood while completing a river macroinvertebrate survey.

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Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Global Food System

Second-year optional core module

In 2018, our students visited Feldon Forest Farm, a leading local organic farm which has won several awards commending its sustainability practices.

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The Energy Trilemma

Honours level optional module

Discover how Warwick is innovating to create a more sustainable energy infrastructure.

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