Each year of the course is divided equally between compulsory modules on Global Sustainable Development and modules in Sociology.
In the first year, in your GSD modules you will consider the different perspectives which might be taken on global issues and gain an appreciation of the complexity of the problems. You will be introduced to some sustainable development issues and investigate these with your fellow students through a project. In your Sociology modules, you will learn the essential theoretical, analytical, professional and research based skills as a basis for your further study of the subject in subsequent years.
In the first term of the second year the GSD module called 'Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development' introduces you to the key debates surrounding health and the representation of bodies in contemporary culture. Your core Sociology module compliments this module by exploring how the relationship between bodies, property and politics differs across national forms of governance and regulation. You can then choose to either stay at Warwick for the second term or travel to one of the University’s partners abroad to study. If you stay at Warwick you will learn about 'Food and Global Sustainable Development'. In your other Sociology modules you acquire a range of key research skills which to enable you to design, undertake and complete a multi-method research project.
If you go abroad, you will continue studying Global Sustainable Development and Sociology by taking relevant courses offered by the partner institution.
In the third year, you examine the sustainability issues surrounding Work and Energy and complete your study of Sociology in modules which examine the key sociological debates surrounding health and illness and which look at key ‘life events’ to explore a range of topics that are of particular interest to both sociologists and demographers. You will bring together your knowledge, ideas and conclusions in a Dissertation focussing on an issue or question which is of particular concern or interest to you from a Global Sustainable Development point of view.
If you have been abroad in your second year, you will return to Warwick to complete the third and final year of the course.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
In the second year of the course, you can choose to go abroad after the first term and spend the remainder of the academic year studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Australia, the USA. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Office offers support for these activities.
Modules of study in your first year
|Term 1||Economic Principles of GSD||15|
|Term 1||Environmental Principles of GSD||15|
|Term 2||Social Principles of GSD||15|
|Term 2||GSD Mini-Project||15|
|Term 3||Certificate of Digital Literacy|
Sociology modules of study in your first year
|Term 1 & 2||Sociological Perspectives||30|
|Term 1 & 2||Researching Society and Culture||30|
Modules of study in your second year
|Term 1||Bodies, Ageing and Health||30|
|Term 2||Food Security||30|
|Term 3||Certificate of Cultural Communication with Work Placement|
|Term 3||Certificate of Leadership/Coaching|
|Term 1 & 2||Social Research Methods||15|
|Term 1 & 2||Bodies, Property and Politics||15|
|Term 1 & 2||Practice of Qualitative Research||15|
|Term 1 & 2||Practive of Quantitative Research||15|
Modules of study in your second year, if you elect to take a term abroad
|Term 1||Bodies, Ageing and Health||30|
|Term 1||Social Research Methods||15|
|Term 1||Bodies, Property and Politics||15|
Term 2 is spent abroad; relevant modules taught in Term 2 are offered by the partner institution abroad.
Modules of study in your third and final year
|Term 1 & 2||Dissertation / Long Project||30|
Sociology modules of study in your third and final year
|Term 1 & 2||Sociology of Health and Illness||30|
|Term 1 & 2||Population and Social Change||30|
What is BASc degree?
BASc stands for Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. Unlike the majority of degree courses at UK institutions, our Global Sustainable Development degrees do not focus study on primarily an Arts or Sciences based subject or subjects.
Each course takes a transdisciplinary approach which means that it examines issues of global sustainability from the viewpoint many disciplines (or subjects). In the core Global Sustainable Development (GSD) modules you will learn how scientists, economists, environmentalists, the business world, sociologists and the creative industries, define, analyse and articulate the world’s Big Problems.
This will allow you to bring your own disciplinary expertise – whatever discipline you have chosen to
study for the other half of the degree – to bear in the transdisciplinary explorations of major global
issues. You will learn the different techniques and tools used by each subject and explore the different
solutions which each offers, their implications and limitations and their interconnectivity.
Because the courses have this multi-disciplinary approach, they lead to the award of a BASc degree which indicates that, for at least half of the degree, (the GSD half), your studies have ranged across both
Arts and Science based subjects.