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Environment - Journeys through a Changing World, Short Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 7 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
Environment - Journeys through a Changing World programme offered by The Open University UK introduces you to subjects from the natural sciences, social sciences and technology to develop your understanding of environmental issues and concerns.


Our world is changing fast – we are experiencing pressure from climate change, growing demands for finite resources and the extinction of many plants and animals.

Environment - Journeys through a Changing World programme offered by The Open University UK shows how people are seeking positive solutions to environmental challenges where you live, in the Arctic, Africa, the Amazon and China. You do not need any prior environmental knowledge to study this key introductory OU level 1 module, just an interest in the future of our planet.

If you’re looking for a single module that offers a general introduction to studying the environment, then this is the module for you. It provides the ideal foundation for a range of environment, science, social science and technology courses or you can study it on its own.

Our interconnected world is changing so fast that people have to work hard to understand and address the environmental issues generated by rapid economic and technological development. Studying this module will enable you to explore how and why different parts of the world are changing; and how people, plants and animals are living within their changing environment. The module will show you how people are striving to manage and protect the many features of the world that we all share. It will help you to make sense of some of the stories that you hear and read about in the media, from wildlife extinctions to plans for new greener cities. By the end of the module, you’ll be more able to follow the debates about environmental issues and play an active part in addressing some of the great environmental challenges of the day.

Studying this module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you become more informed about both the causes and concerns of environmental change. It will take you to some of the most fascinating but also important parts of the planet in terms of understanding environmental change.

You’ll have a tutor who’ll help you with the study material; mark and comment on your written work; and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you’re new to the OU, you’ll find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. If we offer group tutorials or day schools, you’re encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where we hold your tutorials will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.

Vocational relevance

At the same time as studying the environment, you’ll also develop your reading, writing, numeracy, analytical and communication skills. It will help you evaluate information and arguments; interpret and use data in a variety of graphical and numerical forms; use computers for information-searching, communication and software applications; and become an independent learner. Such skills and attributes are highly valued by employers because you can apply them to a wide variety of new contexts.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 7 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

The module has six blocks:

  • Block 1 – Setting out from home
  • Block 2 – Arctic approach
  • Block 3 – Nile limits
  • Block 4 – Life in the Amazon
  • Block 5 – Changing China
  • Block 6 – Cities and sustainability

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at OU level 2. 

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