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Sustainability

 

Overview

Our Sustainability pathway lets you look at the ways in which systems function, and prompts you to make interventions to support sustainable solutions. Warwick is at the forefront of sustainability education, and Liberal Arts works closely with our partners in Global Sustainable Development (GSD) to support students on this pathway.

Students on this pathway have taken modules that cover sustainability and sustainable development from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including ecology, biology, geography, history, politics and governance, business and management, and education.

Modules

This pathway is an ‘open pathway’ in that it is not set in stone, and you are free to select relevant modules from around the University – with guidance from your personal tutor and the Liberal Arts Director of Undergraduate Studies – to suit the aspect of Sustainability that you are exploring. The modules listed below represent an illustration of the route which you might take through the pathway, but many other variations are possible.

Learn more about modules offered by the GSD Department.

Please note:

 

Year One

Liberal Arts core modules

Terms

CATS

Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis

1 - 2 0

Art and Revolution

1 - 3 30

Science, Society, and the Media

1 - 3 30

Qualitative Methods for Undergraduate Research

1 15

Pathway modules

(related to Specialist Interest: Sustainability)

Term

CATS

To proceed on this pathway you must study:

(45 CATS in total)

Quantitative Methods for Undergraduate Research

2 15

AND 30 CATS of approved first-year modules from the GSD Department. Examples include:

   

Economic Principles of Global Sustainable Development

1 15

Environmental Principles of Global Sustainable Development

2 15

Social Principles of Global Sustainable Development

1 15

Living with Water

1 15

Biodiversity and Ecology

2 15

Activities

 

Term

Duration

Certificate of Digital Literacy

Optional 1 10 weeks

Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placement

Optional 3 1 week plus
work placement

Certificate of Sustainability

Optional 3 2 workshops

 

Year Two

An optional intercalated year abroad is available between your second year and final year.

Liberal Arts core modules

Terms

CATS

Consumption

1 - 3 30

Sustainability

1 - 3 30

Pathway modules

(related to Specialist Interest: Sustainability)

Terms

CATS

Any approved optional modules from the Liberal Arts Department or across the University. Examples include:   (60 CATS in total)

Health and Sustainable Development (GSD)

1 - 2 30

Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Global Food System (GSD)

1 - 2 30

Activities

 

Term

Duration

Certificate of Coaching Practice

Optional 2 5 weeks

Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placement

Optional 3 1 week plus
work placement
Presentation at an undergraduate conference such as the International Conference of Undergraduate Research Optional 3  

 

Final Year

Liberal Arts core module

Terms

CATS

Dissertation

1 - 3 30

Pathway modules

(related to Specialist Interest: Sustainability)

Terms

CATS

Any approved optional modules from the Liberal Arts Department or across the University. Examples include:   (90 CATS in total)
Utopia: Text, Theory, Practice (Liberal Arts) 2 15
Challenges of Climate Change (GSD) 1 15

 

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Examples of modules taken on the Sustainability pathway

Student A

Year 2

Sustainability
Liberal Arts
Core module
30 CATS

Consumption
Liberal Arts
Core module
30 CATS

Health and Sustainable Development
Optional module (GSD)
30 CATS

Student B

Year 2

Sustainability
Liberal Arts
Core module
30 CATS

Consumption
Liberal Arts
Core module
30 CATS

Extinction and Survival
Optional module (GSD)
30 Cats

 

“I chose Liberal Arts in part because of the freedom it provided when I first came to university. I really had very little idea of what I wanted to do with my life, let alone what I wanted to study. After studying modules from the GSD Department at Warwick, I realised that sustainability was something that had always interested me, but that I had never really been able to fully explore. As a result I ended up really enjoying my sustainability-themed modules and chose the Sustainability pathway.

“In future I definitely want my work to be based around sustainability, but it’s a very broad field so this can range from working for an NGO to working in politics. I still have many avenues to explore, but I believe the combination of Liberal Arts training and the Sustainability pathway will set me up well.”

Magdalena

Liberal Arts graduate