Environment and Development
Academic Subject Summer Course
Who is this programme for?:
The Environment and Development course is for students who are interested in learning about some of the major issues and concerns of Development and the Environment. It also explores whether the possibility of changing values in ‘post-materialist’ societies may lead to a serious re-evaluation of prevailing world views and ideologies. The course is delivered through a series of lectures, case studies, seminars and discussion classes.
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Areas of study will include:
• Human attitudes to Nature:
• Changing views of Development:
• Alternatives to central government and market approaches:
• Hope and pessimism in technological solutions:
The English language classes are integrated with the course topics, thus giving students the opportunity to extend their understanding of environmental and developmental issues. Particular emphasis is placed on developing students’ speaking and discussion skills. Students will be required to prepare and present a project on an environment and development issue at the end of the course.
English language requirements: Students need at least an intermediate level of English so that they can understand the lectures, which are delivered at undergraduate level, and engage actively in seminars and tutorials.
Areas of Study will include:
Facing the crises of sustainability and values. Evaluating the suitability of mainstream economic models in a world of 7 billion people, but diminishing resources and life-support systems.
Human attitudes to Nature:
An examination of prevailing scientific, ideological and cross-cultural religious views as well as newer ideas such as deep ecology and bio-regionalism.
Changing views of Development:
Assessing different views of what constitutes a 'developed' society as well as the concept of 'sustainable development'.
The economic, social and environmental impacts of an interconnected world in different societies, including indigenous ones.
Alternatives to central government and market approaches:
Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of Civil Society, NGOs and Social Entrepreneurship (e.g. micro-credit schemes).
Hope and pessimism:
Perspectives on the near future and the possibility of changing values and finding safe and sustainable technological solutions on a global scale.
Accompanying case studies will focus on Kerala, Ladakh and the USA to highlight the issues raised.
How to Apply
Tuition per 3-week course £ 1150
Accommodation per 3 week course (room only, self catering) £700
We recommend you apply early if you want accommodation in SOAS Halls of Residence.
You must complete and send back the acceptance form, and pay online as soon possible. An online receipt will be produced when you use the online payment system.
Refunds of accommodation and course fees are made only at the discretion of SOAS.
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