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BSc Environment and Development


UCAS code: FK84

Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2013: 103

First year students 2013: 10

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This degree allows you to build a critical understanding of processes of environmental change as they relate to human well-being and development, while also equipping you with the broader skills needed for environment and development policy and analysis.

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Programme details

First year

You take two courses which deal with the natural environment and with global issues relating to environmental change and sustainable development, a third course on contemporary geographical issues, and a fourth course from within the Department of Geography and Environment, or an approved outside option. Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future focuses on developing an appreciation of the Planet Earth as the home of human societies. Sustainable Development seeks to understand better how the natural world is affected by development decisions. Environment, Economy and Society provides an introduction to Geography at LSE. 

Second and third years

In the second year, you take courses in Introduction to Global Development which deals with analysing global development, focussing on key development, theories, strategies, problems and trajectories. Environment: Science and Society examines debates concerning the nature, cause, and effects of, and alternative solutions to, the key natural environmental degradation and pollution problems faced by human societies.  .Applied Environmental Economics is an introduction to the use of economic principles in the analysis of environmental change and natural resource use and in designing appropriate policy responses, and another course from an approved list of geography and environment and outside options.  

In the third year you take courses in Environmental Governance which seeks to explore and critically interrogate the evolving patterns and processes of environmental governance, and Environment and Development which explores the complex relationships between development, poverty and the environment.  In addition you take two courses from an approved list (one of which may be an Independent Research Project).