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International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Environment, Development and Changing World Views (2022 entry)

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The Environment, Development and Changing World Views course is for students who are interested in some of the major issues and concerns in development theory and policy in relation to 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.

Areas of study will include:
  • Sustainability
  • Human attitudes to Nature
  • Changing views of Development
  • The Impact and Outcomes of Globalisation
  • Alternatives to central government and market approaches
  • Attitudes to technological solutions
  • Changing Perspectives in Science and Religion

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.

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • To get the most from this course, students are recommended to have an intermediate level of English (around IELTS 5.5).

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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. Considering the possibility of degrowth.

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 Outcomes of Globalisation:

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.

Case Studies:

Accompanying case studies will focus on the USA, Ladakh and Alternative Visions (post-development and post-materialism) to highlight the issues raised.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Subject courses with English support are taught by two teachers, a subject specialist and a language expert. The subject classes use lectures, seminars and cases studies, whereas the integrated language classes focus on skills development (especially speaking and listening) using the subject content.

This is a full-time course with classes every day plus additional time for independent research. Students work towards delivering a presentation at the end of the course. You can expect to strengthen language skills and deepen subject knowledge, whilst gaining greater confidence in communicating in English in an academic setting.

All teaching takes place on campus with additional class excursions to places of interest in London. 

The maximum number of students per class is 15.

You will receive a certificate for successful course completion.

Students will also have access to SOAS library including our wide range of e-books and e-journals.

Entry Recommendations

Students should be at an intermediate level of English in order to follow and participate in classes. We do not require proof of English level, but as a guideline IELTS 5.5, TOEFL IBT 76 (or equivalent) are recommended.


For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fees and funding

2022 Tuition Fees

• 3 weeks (1 block): £1,800 GBP
• 6 weeks (2 blocks): £3,350 GBP (save £250*)
• 9 weeks (3 blocks): £4,800 GBP (save £600*)

*Compared to the cost of multiple individual blocks. The reduced fees for multiple blocks above are available for 2 or 3 blocks booked at the same time. The fee for any additional blocks booked after the initial application will be £1,800 for one extra block and £3,350 for two.


For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


How to Apply

Apply through the Summer Online Application, or if you have problems with the online form, the application form is also available in PDF and Word format to download on the right side of the main Summer Programme Page.

Please ensure you send a scanned copy of a suitable identity document (see form for details).

You will be sent an invoice and receipt for the course fees when you have accepted the offer and paid for your place on the course. Refunds of the course fees are only made at the discretion of SOAS in exceptional circumstances. If you have any queries, please see the FAQs or email

For instructions on how to pay, see IFCELS Fees. Please also see the full Terms and Conditions