Environmental Studies BA

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Environmental Studies BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Environmental Studies is a complex and ever-changing course of study. Broadly speaking it is the study of the environment, and that includes everything around us – the earth, the sky, plants, animals and even other people. It looks at how people connect with what surrounds them, how they interact with not just the physical structures they build or find in nature but also the social constructions we build, such as economies, institutions, nations, languages and cultures. 

    Environmental students might seek out answers to questions about the role of science in environmental policy or the best way to balance the economic and environmental needs of humanity.

    This is a highly interdisciplinary field, and in addition to a general grounding in the subject, you’ll be able to select elective modules from many different areas of study. These include:

    • Women's and Gender Studies
    • Sociology and Social Studies
    • Philosophy and Classics
    • Justice Studies
    • Geology
    • Geography
    • Economics
    • Biology

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

    The course’s two flagship modules are:

    Introduction to Environmental Studies 

    In this module, students will focus on the geographical perspective of today’s environmental issues, but will also explore what they mean in terms of technology, physics, socio-economic influences and philosophy. Note that you must have completed Geography 120 and Geography 121 before registering for this class.

    Environmental Impact Assessment 

    Here you will learn to analyse, manage and even resolve conflicts regarding natural resources. You’ll do a substantial amount of independent work as a part of this module. You’ll produce a unique piece of academic research and develop your expertise within your specialty. This can also see you gaining useful real world experience. 

    Other Environmental Studies Modules Include:

    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Psychology and Environmental Change
    • Nature and Society
    • Environmental Biology
    • Environmental Economics
    • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
    • Environment and Justice

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Regina relies on many standard teaching methods to convey the content described above. These will almost certainly include formal lectures, interactive tutorials and skills sessions as well as seminar style classes. 

    Much of your work will focus on gaining a critical understanding of environmental issues. Remember that U of R is also a major research university, and you will be able to contribute to these programs in later years.

    Career Possibilities

    Many U of R Environmental Studies graduates have gone on to higher level degree programs, and eventually to responsible, policy-making posts in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Some have gone into communications and policy awareness, management for sustainable development, education or human and environmental health and safety. You’ll also have gained a wide range of general skills which could easily lead to a career in politics, environmental advocacy or in a completely unrelated field. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school education or the international equivalent. This should include English, Maths and Science content.

    Though French Immersion programs are available, all classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted. International students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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