Environmental Studies (2016 Entry)

Course type: Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Course Overview

You’ll explore the crucial relationship between humans and the environment, drawing upon the humanities and the social sciences. You might investigate subjects such as sustainable development, environmental policy-making, ethical codes of practice and environmental activism. This course is ideal if you’re interested in the way the environment is debated from a broad spectrum of positions, including those of history, sociology, economics, ethics, human geography, politics, international relations and philosophy.

Environmental Studies differs from our Environmental Science programme because it focuses on the socio-political nature of environmental problems and the responses to them from individuals, businesses, institutions and civil organisations.

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Environmental Studies. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • The Politics of Sustainability 
  • Environmental Ethics 

Elective modules: 

  • Why Politics Matters 
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • 10 Problems of Philosophy
  • Modern Local History from 1750 
  • The British and Global Economy 
  • Introduction to the Global Political Economy
  • Justice, Authority and Power
  • Greening Business 
  • Global Warming or a New Ice Age? 
  • Intercultural Communication 

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Environmental Politics and Policy 
  • Political Research in Practice 
  • International Relations of the Environment

Elective modules: 

  • Nature, Society and the Past: An Environmental History of the Western World 1800-2000 
  • Creating Awareness Campaigns 
  • City, Culture and Society 
  • Work Experience 
  • The Practice of Politics 
  • Why Policy Changes 
  • Cultures of Consumption 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • Dissertation 
  • Environment and Sustainability Case Study 

Elective modules: 

  • The Global South
  • Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest  
  • Ecopsychology 
  • Streets, Skyscrapers and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural and Historical Context
  • Gender and Consumption 
  • Environmental Politics in the USA 
  • The Northern Dimension: Resources, Environment and Security in the Arctic 
  • Space and the City 
  • Consumer Culture from Cradle to Grave
  • The Two Cultures of the Arts and the Sciences 

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major-minor honours Environmental Studies. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • The Politics of Sustainability 
  • Environmental Ethics 

Elective modules: 

  • Why Politics Matters 
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • 10 Problems of Philosophy
  • Modern Local History from 1750 
  • The British and Global Economy 
  • Introduction to the Global Political Economy
  • Justice, Authority and Power 
  • Greening Business 
  • Global Warming or a New Ice Age? 
  • Intercultural Communication 

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Environmental Politics and Policy 
  • Approaches to Political Analysis 
  • International Relations of the Environment 

Elective modules: 

  • Approaches to Political Analysis 
  • Nature, Society and the Past: An Environmental History of the Western World 1800-2000 
  • Creating Awareness Campaigns 
  • City, Culture and Society 
  • Work Experience 
  • The Practice of Politics 
  • Why Policy Changes 
  • Cultures of Consumption 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 

Third year 

Core modules: 

  • Dissertation 
  • Environment and Sustainability Case Study 

Elective modules: 

  • The Global South
  • Urban Politics 
  • Ecopsychology 
  • Streets, Skyscrapers and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural and Historical Context
  • Gender and Consumption 
  • Citizenship and the Environment 
  • Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Environmental Politics in the USA
  • Protest and Social Movements 
  • The Northern Dimension: Resources, Environment and Security in the Arctic 
  • Space and the City 
  • Consumer Culture from Cradle to Grave
  • The Two Cultures of the Arts and the Sciences 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 17%
  • Guided independent study – 83%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 11%
  • Guided independent study – 39% 
  • Placements - 50% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 15%
  • Guided independent study – 85% 

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

A growing number of careers are open to people who truly understand the many different perspectives on environmental issues. In fact, 1.3 million people are predicted to be working in ‘green’ jobs in the UK by 2017. This course will develop your ability to think critically, and to speak persuasively and knowledgeably, with people who have diverse viewpoints and agendas. You’ll have been well prepared for a choice of rewarding careers; for example, you might work directly in sustainability or in government, for a policy centre, as a journalist or as a campaigner.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.
All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Environmental Studies with Foundation Year: F900 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Environmental Studies Programme, you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the University’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Our typical offer for 2017 entry is BBB/ABC.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • The Politics of Sustainability
  • Environmental Ethics

Second year

  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Approaches to Political Analysis
  • International Relations of the Environment

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Environment and Sustainability Case Study

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.