ECONOMIC STUDIES AND GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BASc
Full-time 2019 entry, A*AA, IB 38
Apply your passion for Economics to answering the Big Questions of our time by studying it in combination with Global Sustainable Development (GSD).
Can we end world poverty by 2030? How can we ensure our cities are safe? How can we tackle the effects of climate change on our world? If you’re keen to search for the answers and make a difference to our world, Global Sustainable Development can show you how.
The combination of Economics and Global Sustainable Development is a natural one since both fields are concerned with well-being and the allocation of finite resources. Historically, economic development has had little regard for environmental sustainability and social justice and yet, economic policy at the core oy many potential solutions to issues of sustainable development.
On this course you will be critically analysing economic models and theories of sustainable development through quantitative and qualitative approaches. Your modules with Economics will provide you with an essential background in micro and macro-economics, as well as methodologies for statistical analysis. Meanwhile, your studies with Global Sustainable Development will empower you to consider the human and environmental costs and implications of development. You will consider current problems of sustainability from many different perspectives, understand their complexity and learn to use a variety of approaches to think creatively about potential solutions You will ask critical questions about the nature of economic growth, how its benefits are often unevenly distributed, and what measures can be successfully implemented to build a sustainable future for all.
Year 1 - four core GSD modules comprising half of the workload. For the Economics half, you will take the core Economics module EC107 Economics I (30 CATS) plus Statistical Techniques (15 CATS). In addition, you can choose a further 15 CATS worth of optional modules from a range offered by the Economics Department. Alternatively, you may take the Mathematical Techniques route in year 1. Opportunity to take Certificate of Digital Literacy.
Year 2: For the GSD half, 60 credits of GSD modules comprised of one 30 CAT optional core (Food Systems, Security and Sovereignty or Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development) plus further module(s) totalling 30 CATS selected from the range of modules available across the University (including from within the Global Sustainable Development Department) which have a global sustainable development focus. 60 credits of core Economics modules. There is also an opportunity to take the Certificate of Coaching Practice, Certificate of Professional Communication (alongside a work placement) and Certificate of Sustainability Auditing.
If you opt to travel abroad to study at Monash University for part of the year you take one of two optional GSD core modules in the first term whilst at Warwick together with further relevant second year modules from within or outside of the School totalling 15 CATS and 30 credits worth of core modules in Economics. Whilst abroad, you are required to study relevant approved modules equating to 60 credits selected from those offered by the partner institution.
Final Year: Core GSD module 'Dissertation' (30 CATS) plus core modules in Economics worth 30 CATS. Further relevant modules from within or outside of the School totalling 30 CATS and optional modules in Economics worth 30 CATS.
You will attend lectures and take part in seminars, workshops and tutorials and work with your fellow students in teams on controversial, topical problems that pose significant sustainable development questions. You will undertake fieldwork, archival research, interviews with members of the local area and engage in peer discussion to propose alternative solutions. You will review the work of your fellow students.
You will be taught by a range of academics, from different disciplines, who will communicate their expertise on a specific issue and describe their methodology for addressing it. Your role is to bring together these various approaches and to develop your own informed stance on each issue.
Core first year GSD modules have 23 hours of contact time each made up of lectures, workshops and, for the 'mini-project' module, group supervision sessions and a field trip. In the second year, optional core GSD modules have around 45 contact hours each for the 30 CATS versions and half this for the shorter 15 CATS versions.
Teaching is via workshops. Optional GSD modules are available with between 20 and 50 hours for scheduled contact time depending upon how the module is taught. For example, some modules have lectures, workshops, film screenings and research supervision whereas others have lectures and workshops. Some modules include field trips.
Seminar groups comprise between 10 and 15 students.
In the first year, two of the GSD core modules have an exam worth 40%. The remaining 60% of these modules and the other core GSD modules are assessed by methods other than formal examination. In the second year GSD optional cores and options do not have traditional examinations. The final year core GSD module is a Dissertation/Long Project and so is assessed via 'coursework'. The overall percentage of the course that is assessed by coursework depends upon the options taken.
The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.
There is an option to spend part of the second year abroad studying at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Students may be based at either the University’s Melbourne campus or at its campus in Malaysia.
Students spend the first term of their second year studying at Warwick and will travel to Australia in February to join Monash for the start of its second semester (which spans Warwick’s second and third terms). This arrangement is the integrated terms abroad variant of the course.
During their time abroad students study approved modules/units and will undertake assessments. The credit gained from this study is used to contribute towards the final degree classification awarded by Warwick. Students may also choose to spend a year studying or working abroad (e.g. as part of the ERASMUS scheme).
Marks gained from such study do not count towards the overall Warwick degree but recognition of the time spent abroad is recorded on the HEAR.
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A level: A*AA - to include A level in Mathematics. You will also need Grade B/Grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE
IB: 38 to include Mathematics (at Higher Level 6) and English
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Economic Principles of GSD
You’ll start your studies with an introduction to the concepts and perspectives related to the measurement of global sustainable development, and the links between economics and policy. You’ll progress to analysing real-world problems, such as the connection between poverty and the environment, to deepen your conceptual understanding of how economic activity relates to development. You’ll be expected to critique alternative economic models and interventions, using theories and explanations based on externalities, game theory, and theories of decision-making under risk and uncertainty. You’ll also learn to use quantitative information to evaluate policy design, this will also improve your skills of oral and written communications and independent learning.
Social Principles of GSD
You’ll engage with the social and political principles of global sustainable development, and use stimulus and simulation techniques to grapple with the ideas through a combination of practical activities, groupwork, seminars and online collaboration. By the end of this module, you will be able to offer well-informed, evidence-based evaluations of key global challenges, and to explain how particular forms of economic development cause social problems. You will be able to provide ideas for strategies that could tackle problems of social inequality in food, education and health, and be able to write competently and proficiently on topics such as goal-based development, in preparation for your second-year.
Environmental Principles of GSD
You’ll investigate a range of perspectives on sustainable development from the standpoint of environmental studies, to equip you with the capacity to engage in critical discussion of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, as outlined by the framework of the nine planetary boundaries. You’ll demonstrate your understanding of the causes and impacts of anthropogenic activities, and appraise discourses of environmental decline and sustainability from a rigorous and interdisciplinary perspective. You’ll also gain important employability skills, such as independent research and persuasive communications, through creating and presenting a briefing paper and policy pitch.
During this module, you will collaborate with your peers on a task of investigating the High Speed 2 rail line (HS2). Immersing you in a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data that you will gather, examine, analyse and critique. As well as deepening your understanding of the economic case for HS2 and the social and economic perspectives it has generated, you’ll be strengthening your academic research skills to deconstruct a major problem, formulate and test hypotheses, evaluate the evidence, and undertake field research, including interviews and focus groups.
You will develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in micro- and macroeconomic analysis, equipping you with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This will develop your ability to analyse economic trends, institutions and politics and the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real-world problems.
This module will provide you with the requisite quantitative background for a thorough and rigorous study of economic analysis, econometric methods and applied economics subjects acting as a secure foundation for your further study on the course. You will develop knowledge of statistical methods and statistical modelling and generate an awareness of data and of data handling.
Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development
Your starting point on this module is the sustainable development goals for health and well-being, gender equality and reducing inequalities, with an overarching theme of how our bodies relate to various forms of development. You can expect to articulate your knowledge of major global inequalities and apply your understanding across different cultural and social norms. Asking provocative questions and critically engaging with the way the environment is affecting health outcomes, and critiquing the efficacy of policy measures that aim to address health-related global crises. You’ll also improve your research skills by generating original, well-researched arguments for policies that address health and inequalities outcomes.
Food Systems: Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability
At least 800 million people are chronically undernourished globally, and the global population is projected to increase to a staggering 10 billion by 2050. From this challenging starting point, you’ll be working with active researchers from across various disciplines at the University of Warwick, especially those involved in the Global Research Priority on Food. You will become acquainted with contrasting disciplinary approaches to the investigation of food systems, and be able to analyse scholarly concerns surrounding food security, sovereignty and sustainability. You’ll evaluate competing solutions, and research, evaluate and synthesise academic and other credible research and analysis in order to respond critically to the essential topics and questions in this exciting field.
You will develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.
You will learn important skills of both academic and vocational value, an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and social scientist and also useful for your future career. These skills include awareness of the empirical approach to economics and social science; reviewing and extending fundamental statistical concepts; methods of data collection and analysis; regression analysis, its extensions and applications; use of spreadsheets and statistical packages such as SPSS or STATA.
GSD modulesDissertation/Long Project
Development Economics (Macro)
The module introduces the problems and features of developing economies. It is based on the modern analytical quantitative approach adopted by the main international development institutions, with an emphasis on the most recent advances in the field. You will gain an understanding of the macroeconomic aspects of developing countries like growth, inequalities, poverty, International trade.
Development Economics (Micro)
The modules examines the key microeconomic issues facing developing economies such as malnutrition and disease, lack of education, gender inequality, or reduced access to credit and insurance. You wil learn how to use empirical evidence and economic reasoning to discuss the policies aimed at addressing these issues.
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying
Challenges of Climate Change; Financial Services Regulation; Capitalism and its Alternatives; Environmental Economics; Behavioural Economics.
Our degree programmes have been developed to provide you with a set of skills that will enable you to compete for existing and emerging roles across a variety of professions. Your options are varied across a range of industries, from working in the United Nations to advising small businesses on issues that will affect the local community.
You will also learn valuable transferable skills that will help you with your employment prospects including:
- Analytical and problem solving: Through your study of economic principles and models, you’ll learn how to extract the essential features of complex systems, providing useable frameworks for evaluation.
- Critical thinking: Assess arguments, make judgements, formulate reasoned debates and generate feasible solutions.
- Communication: Develop advanced communication skills that enable you to communicate with a variety of audiences and in different settings.
- Research: An integrated programme of research skills training, teaching you how to source, evaluate and use different forms of information and data.
- Organisational: Through a rigorous assessment schedule and a compulsory dissertation module in your final year, you’ll learn the essentials of time management, prioritisation and how to be well organised.
- Team working: You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work with others and nurture your emotional intelligence, developing a professional attitude.
- Project work / lobbying for international organisations, NGOs and charities
- Advisory / consultancy roles in public services, education or the environmental or energy sectors
- Roles in communications, public relations and the media
- Sustainable finance
A level A*AA to include A level in Mathematics. You will also need Grade B/Grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE
IB 38 to include Mathematics (at Higher Level 6) and English
Degree of Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc)
3 years full time
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and optional study abroad term in second term of Year 2 at a partner institution in Europe, Australia or the USA.
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.
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