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Environment - Sharing a Dynamic Planet, Short Course

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University rank #501 (WUR) Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
The Environment - Sharing a Dynamic Planet programme from The Open University UK is organised into six blocks each of which combine print chapters with online textual, audio-visual, and computer-based interactive materials to offer you a highly varied but tightly integrated learning experience. 
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The aim of this multimedia approach of the Environment - Sharing a Dynamic Planet programme from The Open University UK is to provide you with both a feeling for and understanding of global environmental issues as they take effect in particular locations and situations. 

Blocks 2 to 5 form the core of the module, each one focusing on a key global environmental challenge.

Environmental issues pose challenges. What are the biophysical and social causes of environmental change? What exactly is an environmental issue and why are they often controversial and difficult to resolve? How can we make a difference? You will address all of these questions as you explore four key global environmental concerns – life, water, carbon, and food – through a rich and interactive set of study materials.

As you do so, you will develop a distinctive way of thinking about environments and environmental issues that draws on the insights of both natural and social sciences to be at once intellectually innovative and practically relevant.

You will learn

This module offers the opportunity for you to develop both a distinctive, interdisciplinary way of understanding environmental issues in general and deep knowledge of the particular environmental challenges on which it focuses in particular. More broadly, studying the module will also enhance your reading, writing, analytical, multimedia, and communication skills and heighten your ability to be an independent learner. You will learn to:

  • interpret, explain, evaluate, and synthesise data and information in many different forms from the numerical and graphical through to the textual and audio-visual
  • become familiar with multimedia tools that aid information searching, collection, annotation, and collaboration
  • present your findings in a variety of forms from concise summaries through reports to structured essay-style arguments.

Such skills and attributes are highly valued by employers and can be applied to a wide variety of contexts.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The module is organised into six blocks:

  • Block 1: Introduction
  • Block 2: Life
  • Block 3: Water
  • Block 4: Carbon
  • Block 5: Food
  • Block 6: Consolidation

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

This an OU level 2 module and you need to have a good knowledge of the subject area, obtained either through OU level 1 study, or by doing equivalent work at another university.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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