After completing 8 Core Modules and graduating with the BPhil: Sustainable Development Planning and Management, students can then enrol for the MPhil: Sustainable Development Planning and Management which allows them to do an additional two or four modules depending on the choice of research type.
Aim: This module will be the foundation stone of the entire programme. It will provide course participants with an overview of the most significant global environmental, social and economic challenges that face humankind, and an insight into the solutions suggested by the universal commitment to sustainable development. Course participants will be able to recognise, understand and apply the divergent interpretations of sustainable development that currently exist. The main themes will include:
- review of the most important environmental problems, such as climate change, waste and pollution, biodiversity destruction, and the general contradiction between resource use and carrying capacity
- review of the most significant social challenges, including demographic change and expansion, pandemics, poverty, endemic violence, migration and urbanisation
- review of the key global economic trends that currently determine and shape the dynamics of national and local economies
- introduction to the history of, and different approaches to, the notion of sustainable development
- case studies of sustainable development in practice at the policy and project levels.