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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Sustainability and Environmental Management

Programme code:BS-ENV/SEMUCAS code:F7M0
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Stephen Whitfield Contact address:s.whitfield@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

England and Wales
Normally 3 A-levels at grades ABB, including two from biology, chemistry, economics, English, Environmental Science/Studies, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Politics, Sociology. Other subjects may be considered. Excludes General Studies.

Scottish Highers
Normally ABBBB, including two from biology, chemistry, economics, English, environmental science/studies, geology, geography, history, law, mathematics, physics, politics, sociology. Other subjects may be considered.

International Baccalaureate
Normally 34 points overall, with 16 at the Higher Level, including two from biology, chemistry, economics, English, environmental science/studies, geology, geography, history, law, mathematics, physics, politics, sociology. Other subjects may be considered.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The relevant QAA Benchmark is Earth sciences, environmental sciences and environmental studies

Programme specification:

Sustainability is at the core of how governments, societies, researchers, and increasingly business, now think about the environment and our place in it. The environment is important to everyone, but our demand for natural resources and the waste that our lifestyles generate means that it is under increasing pressure. For this reason, there is demand for literate and numerate graduates who possess a thorough understanding of the environmental, economic and social implications of the decisions that we make and the strategies we use to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

BSc (Hons) Sustainability and Environmental Management is designed to sit at the interface between human activity and the environment. The programme draws on disciplines such as environmental science to develop knowledge and skills in the science that underpins our understanding of sustainability. At the same time, teaching in areas such as business, economics and policy means that students are able to understand and evaluate societies' role in and interaction with changes in the natural world. Teaching on the programme draws on the skills and expertise of one of the largest groups of environmental and social scientists in the country, the Sustainability Research Institute whose research is tackling some of the major sustainability challenges we face.

The programme is designed to allow students to pursue diverse combinations of subjects and, in doing so, explore their individual interests and build a uniquely tailored degree. The programme also has three themes, which students will have the option to specialise in, should they wish. These themes are aimed at equipping students for employment in particular sectors, although many of the skills they will develop will also cross sector boundaries:
• The Economics, Business and Policy theme will equip students for positions in the private sector, for example, in corporate social and environmental responsibility roles.
• The Energy and Transport theme allows students to specialise in transport and energy, equipping them to work in policy and planning departments as well as with corporations within these sectors.
• The Environmental Science theme will equip students with the knowledge and skills to work in environmental research, environmental consultancy, and conservation roles
Students from across the programme will also be well placed for jobs with Government and non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in environment and development.

Throughout the programme there are opportunities for students to develop key competencies and skills (e.g. interview skills, fieldwork and laboratory skills, presentation and writing abilities), as well as developing the ability to reflect on and appreciate the limitations of current knowledge and approaches to sustainability and environmental management. Teaching will be delivered through a variety of means, from lectures to fieldtrips. Fieldwork is an important aspect of teaching and so students will get the opportunity to put methods into practice during fieldtrips. Teaching across the modules also makes use of small group discussions/seminars to help students to engage in deep learning.

Please note that this BSc degree programme is accredited by the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules.

Students must pass SOEE1111, SOEE1381, SOEE1460 and SOEE1482 (if they are studying this module) to progress to second year.

SOEE1111Sustainable Development20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE1181Ecology10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1281Atmosphere10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1381Skills for Environmental Social Science10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1390Introduction to Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility
Pre-requisite for: SOEE2310
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE1450Environmental Politics and Policy10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1460Environmental Science for Environmental Management
Pre-requisite for: SOEE2170
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
TRAN1011Challenges in Transport and Mobility10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates WITHOUT A-Level Maths or AS Level Maths with a grade of A-C or equivalent will be required to study SOEE1483 'Foundation Mathematics for Social Sciences' as a compulsory module. If taken, SOEE1483 is Pass for Progression.

If you are not required to study SOEE1483, you may choose up to 10 credits of Discovery modules, subject to timetabling constraints.

SOEE1483Foundation Mathematics for Social Sciences10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

If you are not required to study SOEE1483, you may choose up to 10 credits of Discovery modules, subject to timetabling constraints.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE2032Personal Development for Careers in the Environmental Sector10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2371People, Sustainability, and the Environment20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2570Research in the Environmental Social Sciences30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2670Environmental Impact Assessment10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2680Environmental Policy and Governance10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Students should select 30 credits from the following list of optional modules. These have been grouped by themes, which have continuity in Year 3, should students which to pursue a particular specialism, although this is not compulsory.

Students may choose to substitute one 10 credit optional module with a Discovery Module subject to timetabling constraints.

Economics, Business and Policy Modules

SOEE2310Tools and Techniques for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility
Pre-requisite for: SOEE3270
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2610Economics and Sustainability
Pre-requisite for: SOEE3750
10 creditsSemester 1

Energy and Transport Modules

TRAN2020Transport Land Use and Development10 creditsSemester 2
TRAN2041Transport, Energy and Environment10 creditsSemester 1

Environmental Science Modules

GEOG2085Ecosystems: process, pattern, and change20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 creditsSemester 2

Additional Skills Module

SOEE2650GIS for Geoscientists10 creditsSemester 2

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SOEE2205Contaminated Environments20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Students may select 10 credits of Discovery Modules


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

** For Current 1st year students, please note that Year 3 will comprise of a different set of compulsory and optional modules to those listed here. You will receive a separate communication about this**

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE3030Environmental Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3202Sustainable Consumption10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3780Sustainable Development in Practice10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Students are required to study 50 credits form the following optional modules. Students may substitute one 10 credit optional module for a Discovery Module.

LAW3133Environmental Law20 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3270Business and Sustainable Development10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3630Strategic Energy Issues10 creditsSemester 2
TRAN3031Public Transport Policy and Practice10 creditsSemester 1
TRAN3061Travel Activity Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
TRAN3062Social Analysis and Social Psychology for Transport10 creditsSemester 2
TRAN3070Healthy Cities: Transport and Health10 creditsSemester 1

There are no pre-requisite modules for SOEE students for GEOG3180 Management of Wilderness Environments.

BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2
GEOG3180Management of Wilderness and Global Ecosystems20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3431Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation10 creditsSemester 2
GEOG3530Geographers into Teaching: School Placements20 creditsNot running in 202021

Discovery modules:

In place of a 10 credit module from the above list, students may elect to study a 10 credit discovery module, although they should not select a discovery module if they have already opted to take a careers/skills module

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