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Making Environmental Decisions, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Defining environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic and other factors, this Making Environmental Decisions programme offered by The Open University UK uses a systems framework to integrate environment with other elements when making environmental decisions in complex situations
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Overview

Many decisions and actions, both individual and collective, affect our environment; yet economic and political considerations often dominate.

You will explore a contemporary case of environmental decision making concerning fracking, as well as further examples from different parts of the world around water, energy, agriculture, forestry and climate change. You will also be able to consider an environmental decision-making situation of your own choosing, through the development of a project.

Vocational relevance

Environmental decision making as an activity is key to underpinning the concepts and responsibilities in the processes of environmental management. This Making Environmental Decisions programme offered by The Open University UK is distinctive in its explicit use of systems theories in its conceptual framework and in its focus on decision making. This systemic approach recognises and makes sense of the highly interconnected and complex challenges that many environmental managers face in the decisions they take. These challenges include working with multiple and often conflicting perspectives of stakeholders and issues of sustainability, biodiversity and quality of life. Systems theories are well recognised as useful in many management traditions, particularly where the issues of management are as much about people as they are about their environment. The systems skills you can expect to develop in this module also have wider vocational relevance beyond environmental management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This module is organised into four blocks:

  • Introducing environmental decision making
  • Exploring with systems
  • Identifying change 
  • Taking action

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • This module can be taken on its own or as part of a postgraduate qualification. 
  • You must have adequate preparation for study at this level, usually demonstrated by a bachelors degree (or the equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1920 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1970 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1970 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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