Staffordshire University launches new Geography, Climate Change and Society degree

As part of its commitment to positive climate action, Staffordshire University has launched a new degree programme.

Geography, Climate Change and Society

The new course will explore the role of society and culture in responding to the climate crisis in a sustainable way at local, national, and international levels

Climate change is the biggest challenge we face, and we wanted to create a cutting-edge degree that nurtures the next generation of global citizens and exposes students to the critical debates about manging our changing environment.

Dr Paul Barratt, Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, Security and Sustainability at Staffordshire University

The new Geography, Climate Change and Society degree is focused on equipping students with the skills to help tackle the climate crisis right now and in their future careers.

Climate change is code red for humanity (United Nations 2021) due to the serious impact it is having on the world. It presents society with its biggest ever challenge and has opened up a host of employment opportunities in emerging green sectors and roles as businesses and organisations strive to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

The new course will explore the role of society and culture in responding to the climate crisis in a sustainable way at local, national, and international levels. It will provide a thorough grounding in climate and land system science, together with a practical understanding of emerging green technologies and new modes of sustainable living. The University also provides internationally recognised and certified training in Carbon Literacy.

The modules on the course have been designed to help shape students into the future environmental professionals in areas such as climate studies, sustainability science, environmental justice and advocacy. The modules include:

  • Planet Earth
  • Responding to the climate crisis
  • Low-carbon transitions
  • Environmental Issues and the media
  • Creating climate resilient societies
  • Cities and the physical environment

Dr Paul Barratt, Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, Security and Sustainability at Staffordshire University, said: “Climate change is the biggest challenge we face, and we wanted to create a cutting-edge degree that nurtures the next generation of global citizens and exposes students to the critical debates about manging our changing environment.

“In the past, students from our geography courses have gone on to have successful careers in environmental consultancy, flood management, sustainability, planning and teaching, and we want to continue preparing students for future environmental careers.”

For more information about this course please visit the website.

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