Máster en Ciencias del Medioambiente, Tecnología y Sociedad (Campus de Dumfries) - MS
El Máster en Ciencias del Medioambiente, Tecnología y Sociedad hace un análisis exhaustivo de las implicaciones sociales, políticas y culturales de las ciencias del medio ambiente y la tecnología. Podrá calibrar los avances tecnológicos y científicos como posibles soluciones a problemas medioambientales. El enfoque único interdisciplinario le da una perspectiva de ciencia social en el marco de los problemas medioambientales contemporáneos.
- This is the first UK degree addressing the wider social and political dimensions behind our scientific and technological choices concerning the environment.
- Teaching is closely linked with the Solway Centre for Environment & Culture, a research centre providing opportunity for further research and collaboration.
- Our programme has an applied focus and we work closely with the Crichton Carbon Centre, delivery partners for some of our courses.
- The degree features a programme of guest speakers from relevant fields.
- The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is one of the UK’s foremost pockets of expertise in interdisciplinary environmental teaching and research. Accompanying postgraduate programmes include MSc Applied Carbon Management and MPhil Environment, Culture and Communication.
- Dumfries & Galloway, in south west Scotland, is an ideal location for environmental study and research. The campus is ideally situated in proximity to a natural living laboratory, relevant non-governmental organisations, renewable energy companies and a range of partnership organisations.
- This programme trains professionals, decision-makers and students in the social implications of environmental issues, particularly in relation to technologies as potential solutions.
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time.
Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, projects, field classes, group work and virtual learning environments. You will have the opportunity to study alongside students on related environmental programmes.
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies specialises in small group teaching. We recognise that this is important at postgraduate level, and it means you will build a good relationship with academic staff. Your contributions will be valued and you will receive a high level of individual support.
- Environment, technology and society
- Environmental politics and society
- Environmental ethics and behavioural change.
- One or both of Environmental communication and Environmental history.
You will also complete a dissertation.
You will choose up to two from
- Sustainable energy technologies
- Climate, carbon and change
- Climate change: impacts on ecology
- Theory and principles of sustainability
- Writing the environment: old and new world romanticisms
- Reading the environment: modern and contemporary nature writing.
Other optional courses are available.
As a graduate you will be able to pursue careers such as technology assessment, carbon management and policy making and analysis with government agencies, environmental consultancies and private companies.
You will have excellent employment prospects in these and other highly interesting and rewarding roles, as well as opportunities to progress to doctoral study.
You will be well prepared for an academic career in this field.
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
Candidates should have a prior degree in science, engineering, social science or humanities.
If your first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
Environment, Technology and Society
Convenor: Dr Sean Johnston
Technology has great power to affect the environment and human activities within it. This course explores the inter-relationships between technology, society and the environment, how a technological orientation affects environmental problems and solutions and how social forces wield an influence over both. This course introduces theories explaining the linkages between technology and society with illustrations via environmental case studies, and explores the implications for environmental policies and actions.
Environmental Ethics and Behavioural Change Convenors:
Dr Benjamin Franks , Dr Sean Johnston and Dr Stuart Hanscomb
This course, surveying ethical questions relevant to postgraduate studies in environmental studies and management, addresses fundamental principles of ethics. It applies this foundational knowledge to two questions: firstly, establishing a taxonomy of philosophical attitudes towards the environment held by different groups within society; secondly, asking how these attitudes condition judgements and actions concerning the environment. The intention is to provide essential background for an environmentally-oriented discipline; to motivate enthusiasm for the wider subject of environmental management; to sensitise students to the ethical dimensions of their subject and its professional practice; and, not least, to enable them to justify to their eventual clients the importance and appropriateness of their activities. The course presumes no prior exposure to ethical questions.
Environmental Politics and Society
Convenor: Dr Benjamin Franks
One of the main ways in which environmental programmes have wider social impact is through their implementation as law. This course examines whether there is an identifiable green politics and, if there is, what constitutes its core concepts and with which alternative political movements (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, fascism or anarchism) it has most in common. The course provides a practical guide to the mechanics of policy formation and implementation, and then considers alternative methods by which ecological principles can have wider social impacts.
Convenor: Dr Stuart Hanscomb
Environmental Communication is concerned with the application of some foundational principles and practices of communication to environmental issues. It questions, for example, how environmental groups, scientists, communities, anti-environmental groups, corporations, and public officials are able to make use of the psychology of persuasion, semiotics, and mass media in the delivery of environmental messages. Students will learn to make critical assessments of these messages, primarily in terms of their effectiveness in reaching particular audiences.
Convenor: Dr Sean Johnston
Human understandings of, and interactions with, their environments have ranged from outright exploitation of resources for immediate needs, to theologically and metaphysically informed stances that promote other considerations. From Arcadian visions of the ideal natural past to utopian outlooks for a managed planet, this history continues to underpin human interactions with the wider environment. This course explores changing social practices and cultural expressions that continue to influence contemporary environmental engagement. The course addresses three general questions: how have we engaged with our environment in the past, how do current activities relate to the past, and what are we capable of doing in the future, based on past evidence?