Ecology and Economy (SCH512)
This module identifies the roots of today’s converging crises in currently dominant worldviews, norms, institutions and behaviours. It then explores ecological design principles emerging from holistic science and enquires into their relevance or transferability to the socio-economic domain. Students are encouraged to develop personal & group inquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature.
Beyond Growth (SCH513)
This module explores what we can learn from natural system design to inform the design of social and economic systems fit for the needs and purposes of the 21st century. A particular focus is directed towards the centrality of economic growth in currently dominant narratives and economic policy-making. We explore the degree to which growth is possible, desirable and necessary and explore ways in which we could create steady-state or degrowth economies. Students are given the opportunity to co-create transitional scenarios for a sustainable future at various scales and in diverse contexts.
Regenerative Enterprise (SCH514)
How are we going to make the transition to low carbon, high well-being and resilient economies from the bottom up? This module explores various tools for local economic activism and empowerment and provides students with the opportunity to apply these in real-world contexts collaboratively in projects of their choice. The experience of case studies that throw light on local economic empowerment from around the globe is studied and analysed.
Changing the Frame (SCH515)
This module examines the importance of the use of language, narratives and framing in communicating messages relating to sustainability and new economics, drawing on recent findings to emerge from disciplines including neurolinguistics and psychology. The module provides the students with an opportunity to explore both the policy implications of shift in guiding societal narratives as well as their own internal frames and how these influence their own personal and professional practice. Students work collaboratively in creating communication strategies and projects aimed at catalysing the transition to a high-wellbeing, low-carbon society.
This module provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their capacity for independent study in the application of research skills to a topic appropriate to the degree. It will include a research methods workshop, including sessions on action research, phenomenology and a selection of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students will be supported to identify research topics and to select appropriate research orientations and methodologies.
A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent, see our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
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