Master of Arts in Environmental Studies

Best 25 MA Degrees in Environmental Studies 2017

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Masters degrees, commonly known as MA, are postgraduate degrees lasting at least one year and sometimes two years, they are taught degrees normally requiring some actual research. MA is the most common name for a Masters degree and is often used.

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MA in Ocean Governance

University of Malta
Campus Full time October 2017 Malta Valletta

This Master’s degree programme on Ocean Governance being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute is unique in its approach – it aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Environmental Studies. Ocean Governance is a topic of increasing significance and concern in the 21st century. The 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention and other International law instruments are useful tools that safeguard the rule of International Maritime law. Notwithstanding their valuable contribution emerging international concerns, essentially based on the escalating crisis of unsustainability, instigate an urgent need to explore new trans-disciplinary approaches on ocean governance,. Evidently, a more comprehensive, legal framework is required to improve the manner in which States and their nationals maintain the rule of law in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction and in regulating anthropogenic activities affecting the ocean and its resources. Emerging issues and threats, such as global maritime security, the sustainable use of the oceans and their resources, as well as linkages between natural sciences, socio-economic requirements and the law, necessitate a multidisciplinary approach for promoting learning and research on ocean governance. This Master’s degree programme on Ocean Governance being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute is unique in its approach – it aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate. The Master’s in Ocean Governance serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. In this era of globalization and sectoral integration, capacity building in the regulation of ocean governance plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe and healthy oceans for the benefit of humankind and the planet. http://www.um.edu.mt/icp/ocean-governance [-]

MA Energy and Environmental Change

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom London

The Energy and Environmental Change MA is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. [+]

The Energy and Environmental Change MA is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. The degree equips students with knowledge of key intellectual frameworks and critical issues. The course offers an holistic approach to the dynamics governing energy-transition to a low-carbon economy nexus. Students are required to complete five interconnected core modules and may select one option module. The course combines expertise from: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Westminster Business School Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment The course is delivered in full-time and part-time mode with either September or January intake. Core modules GLOBAL POLITICS OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE This module aims at evaluating the relevance of contemporary debates in international relations and political economy to the study of energy security, energy markets and climate change. It examines the political history of the modern energy systems and the role played by states and major private and state-owned companies. In addition, it explores the role of global institutions and their impact on the interplay between energy security, energy markets and climate change. It scrutinises issues that underpin key discussions in the energy and climate change area, such as development, limits to growth, transparency, sustainability and the role of civil society. The module also critically assesses standard approaches to the issue of energy security by focusing on the problem of energy poverty and resilience. REGIONAL DIMENSIONS OF ENERGY SECURITY Since the 2000s the global energy landscape that took shape in the last two decades of the twentieth century has been altered due to major geo-political and geo-economical shifts, the rise of new players in the energy sector and technological breakthroughs. The aim of this module is to analyse the impact that these developments had on the energy security of key producing and consuming countries. It will analyse these problems by focusing on change and continuity in the decision-making processes of state and non-state actors. Countries covered include the US, the EU, the Asian rising powers, Russia and specific case studies from the Middle East, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE LAW This module is designed to introduce students to the principles of international law relevant to the development and use of energy resources. To this end, the course examines the evolution of principles relating to permanent sovereignty over natural resources, 'shared' resources and resources outside areas of national jurisdiction. It involves consideration of relevant international legal principles pertaining to oil and gas resources, the use of water resources in energy generation, renewables and nuclear energy. The course has particular regard to the evolving international legal framework on the mitigation of climate change, and its impact on international energy law and policy. The course also examines the impact of other principles of international law on the energy sector, such as relevant principles of international environmental law, foreign investment and trade law, and human rights. STRATEGY AND POLICY: ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY The focus of this module is on energy economics and, in particular, on the role of markets in driving energy policy and strategy in both the short and long term. It covers a variety of theoretical and empirical topics related to energy demand, energy supply and energy prices, the influence of fiscal instruments on market operation and the importance of banks and financial institutions for the funding of energy projects. The first half of the module will explore a number of key themes and conceptual issues. These will include: an analysis of the structure and operation of oil, gas, coal, electricity and renewables markets and issues of price discovery, carbon trading, green taxes and subsidies; the role of banks and alternative sources of financing for oil and gas projects; an exploration of approaches to modelling and forecasting the supply, demand and price of energy and energy derivatives. The second half of the module will have a practical focus, with sessions led by guest speakers drawn from a range of energy companies, renewables firms or from policy 'think-tanks'. These will take the form of short participative workshops exploring case studies on energy strategy and sustainability. ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND TRANSITION TO A LOW-CARBON SOCIETY This module introduces a framework for analysing and shaping the transition to a low-carbon society. Core ideas are transformative innovation, sociotechnical systems and sustainability transitions. They are explored in relation to key end use arenas of the energy system – buildings, transport and local energy networks. Attention is given to the multilevel governance and policy aspects of sociotechnical transition. Admissions requirements A good honours degree, namely a first class or upper second honours degree or equivalent in a social science discipline (politics, law, geography, history, sociology, development studies) or economics or business studies. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of competence in English. This will normally take the form of an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Applications need to be supported by either an academic reference written on the University letter-head or, in the case of candidates in employment, by a reference from the most recent employer familiar with the applicant's abilities and other qualities. Candidates will be admitted on the basis of an application accompanied by documentary evidence of meeting the above requirements. In some cases it may be necessary for the Course Leader to interview potential students either in person or by telephone or Skype. Applications from mid-career candidates are welcomed. The candidates are not expected to have prior experience in the energy or related sectors. [-]

MA International Planning and Sustainable Development

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Environmental Studies. This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks. Based in London, you will have access to internationally recognised experience of spatial planning for sustainable development, and explore contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning in both the developed and developing worlds. The University of Westminster is the UK's first Habitat Partner University. We work with UN-HABITAT and like-minded institutions to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of towns, cities and regions, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals. The course is primarily for full-time international, UK and EU students, but it is also open to part-time UK-based students who want to explore an international pathway for their career development. The MA course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a "combined planning programme". Those offered a place are eligible for postgraduate scholarships offered by the University. If you are unable to study for a full Master's, we also offer an International Planning and Sustainable Development Postgraduate Diploma and an International Planning and Sustainable Development Postgraduate Certificate. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out about these courses. Alternatively, you can study a single module(s) from the International Planning and Sustainable Development MA course as a stand alone short course. Course content This course addresses the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities and communities in a rapidly urbanising world. It explores contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning that spans both developed and developing world contexts, and offers you the opportunity to explore one area of specialism in a related field in some depth. Course pathways There are two RTPI-accredited pathways through the course. The Spatial Planning Pathway has a strong urban design component and an emphasis on the development planning process. The Urban Resilience Pathway provides a sustainable development-focused route with a core emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. Both pathways cover all these aspects to some degree. Core modules (Both pathways) Dissertation or Major Project (40 credits) This module offers you the opportunity to research in depth a spatial planning or related topic through primary or desk-based research. The Dissertation is 12-15,000 words in length. You may undertake a Major Project on a similar topic, producing a written report of a similar length, or a report combining planning or design proposals, or data presented in other formats, with a written analytical report of 5-10,000 words. International Spatial Planning Practice (20 credits) Through the exploration of theoretical models of sustainable urban form and practical exercises, you will explore the principles, methods and techniques of land use, transport and infrastructure planning for new and existing towns and cities and their regions. The module examines strategic spatial planning policy and managing development in the context of rapid urbanisation and the challenge of urban governance in the developing world. Planning in a Globalising World (20 credits) This module explores urban issues such as impacts of economic globalisation and sustainability in a range of development contexts (developed and developing worlds, and high, middle and low-income countries) using a comparative planning systems approach. You will analyse key urban policy concerns, debates, dynamics of urban change and planning responses comparatively and internationally, across different regional and historical contexts. Research Methods and the Built Environment (10 credits) This module introduces you to research methods and methodologies specific to urban and spatial research, design and planning. You will explore the theory and practice of developing a research framework, with a particular emphasis upon methods, methodologies and frameworks used within the built environment professions. The module will allow you to begin developing your own research proposal for the Dissertation. Skills for Planning Practice (10 credits) This module introduces you to a range of planning skills not covered elsewhere in core modules. You will cover core planning skills, appraisal techniques and technical skills including project management and communications. The module introduces assessments of need and capacity (for example retail, housing, leisure, transport) and tools and techniques to assist with these assessments, such as impact assessment, GIS, effective project management and engagement techniques. Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods (20 credits) In this module you will explore 'next generation' cities, investigating critical issues relating to climate change and other large-scale environmental threats and challenges. The module adopts a cross-disciplinary perspective, at a range of scales from the global to the local. Using a UK-based case study and hands-on sustainability appraisal, planning and urban design exercises, you will develop a critical understanding of the concept of sustainability, encompassing notions of resource conservation, environmental, social and economic impact, and quality of life. Sustainable Neighbourhood Development and Management (20 credits) In this module you will address the range of social sustainability concerns including housing and livelihoods. As well as introducing you to techniques such as participatory planning and community asset management, this module is concerned with local neighbourhood planning and introducing conceptual frameworks for understanding localised social and governance structures. Core module (Spatial Planning Pathway) Urban Design and Planning Skills (20 credits) In this module you will examine place-making in the context of the UK development process. Based on practical design projects supported by lectures and workshops, it enables students to gain an insight into the relationship between urban design theory and practice. The module is built around a site-based design project with a series of specific tasks relating to various stages of project development including area appraisal, strategic framework and design brief. Core modules (Urban Resilience Pathway) Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience (20 credits) You will explore spatial planning for risk management, including reducing vulnerability and building urban resilience as it relates to the built environment, urban governance and long-term climate change and development needs. The module integrates sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation planning concerns with disaster and hazard risk management in an international urban context. Course-specific entry requirements You should have a good first degree (normally Second Class Honours or above) in a relevant built environment or land planning related discipline (such as urban or transport planning, architecture, landscape design, surveying, civil engineering, or land management) from a higher education institute in the UK or EU, or a comparable qualification from another country. Alternatively, you may have a good first degree (normally Second Class Honours or above) in a relevant human geography, social or environmental science subject from a higher education institute in the UK or EU (or a comparable qualification from another country), and relevant practical experience of working in a built environment discipline. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Professional accreditation he MA course is fully accredited by the royal town planning institute (RTPI) as a 'combined planning programme'. Associated careers Students on the course are most likely to be working in a relevant built environment or sustainable development-related profession. Overseas students may be receiving a government bursary. Graduates from the course may secure promotion within their existing or a new related area of work, or move onto more responsible positions within 18 months of completing their studies. This may include management posts or the responsibility for project or policy development. It is expected that graduates will enhance their potential to be considered for development positions outside their home country. Graduates from this course can expect to find employment as planners or urban designers, urban regeneration or environmental management specialists in private consultancy, local and national government, and non-governmental sectors in their own country or internationally, including international development agencies. [-]

MA in Geography

Binghamton University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Binghamton

The Department of Geography at Binghamton University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in geography. We seek to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the discipline of geography as well as train students to provide their expertise to the community at large. [+]

MA in Geography The Department of Geography at Binghamton University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in geography. We seek to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the discipline of geography as well as train students to provide their expertise to the community at large. Students can pursue one of five tracks: General geography Cartography and geographical information systems (GIS) Environmental and resource management Urban planning and applied geography Race and ethnicity A bachelor's degree in geography is not required for admission to the graduate program, but students without a geography background may be required to take additional courses for completion of the MA. An interdisciplinary graduate certificate in watershed studies and management is available, as well as an accelerated BA + MA track. Degrees Offered MA in Geography Professional Development Students are trained to pursue a doctoral degree and enter careers in the industry. The program offers theoretical foundation and computer applications in: Resource management and sustainability Water resources Flooding and watershed impacts Environmental hazard assessment Race and ethnicity Population health GIS Urban and retail planning The curriculum is diverse and highly flexible. Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary studies for a broadened academic perspective, as well as additional practical training in areas such as conservation, environmental management, economic development and international studies. After You Graduate Many graduates of the program continue to work toward a PhD, while others enter industry. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in regional or urban planning with government agencies or private industries. Admissions Requirements To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements. To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website. Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee Résumé or curriculum vitae Two letters of recommendation Official GRE scores International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website. International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores) This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements. Class Profile Total Enrollment: 33 International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 50% Deadlines Fall: January 15 (Funding) / May 15 Spring: October 15 (Funding) / January 15 [-]

MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability

Goddard College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Plainfield

he Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability is a 48-credit degree intended for students who seek low-residency, interdisciplinary and self-designed graduate studies, focusing on social innovation and sustainability at the community level, as well as those looking to transform non-profit, for-profit and public sector organizations, enterprises, and processes... [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Environmental Studies. MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability The Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability is a 48-credit degree intended for students who seek low-residency, interdisciplinary and self-designed graduate studies, focusing on social innovation and sustainability at the community level, as well as those looking to transform non-profit, for-profit and public sector organizations, enterprises, and processes. Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability will acquire the practical knowledge needed to advance in their current careers or to start a new vocational path, and will gain the theoretical foundation and skills to generate innovative and sustainable methods of solving vexing social, environmental and economic challenges. The Faculty The faculty in the Goddard Graduate Institute have longstanding presence in the college and bring to their work a host of professional skills and disciplinary areas. Fields of expertise include consciousness studies, expressive arts therapy, ecopsychology, cultural studies, gender studies, poetry, literature, psychology, natural history, organizational and community development, neuroscience, medical anthropology, religious studies, theater, and Ayurvedic medicine, among other areas. Much of the work and interests of the faculty is in keeping with the college’s activist and social justice mission. The Faculty also have a range of international experience both in terms of work and research conducted in other areas of the world and in terms of their own lived experiences. Social Innovation Students may focus on social innovation, acquiring skills and knowledge to engage diverse constituents and stakeholder groups—from marginalized individuals and communities to socially responsible investors—in generating social value that fundamentally improves quality of life for the most vulnerable and for society as a whole. Students will immerse themselves in this emerging field and will be encouraged to contribute by applying participatory research and data collection methods and interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to problem solving at local, community, organizational and regional levels. Sustainability Students who focus on sustainability will combine whole system and place-based approaches to develop sustainable communities, organizations and local economies. Students will be encouraged to identify meaningful geographic, cultural, ecological and economic frameworks for understanding place and facilitating equity, access and appropriate scale and practice. Drawing broadly from sustainability discourse, students will design new approaches to development challenges and will demonstrate their relevance to larger global issues. They may explore alternative organizational and business structures, models of community planning and organizing and ways of engaging, motivating and empowering diverse community stakeholders. Combined Study Students may choose to combine Sustainability and Social Innovation by applying theory and practice from both fields to explore innovations that specifically contribute to promoting and advancing more sustainable and viable ways of living. All students, regardless of their focus area, will be required to acquire a working knowledge of both Social Innovation and Sustainability theory and practice by exploring their relevance to their particular area of inquiry. Degree Criteria The MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability requires students to consider social justice and empowerment theories in order to design inclusive, equitable and accessible practices and models that embrace diverse communities and perspectives and facilitate the participation of those excluded from policy and decision-making arenas. Students are expected to: Acquire a working knowledge of issues, trends, forecasts and public policy debates relevant to the social challenges they are addressing. Diagnose issues and challenges from diverse cultural frameworks and organizational and theoretical perspectives. Develop and apply theory of change tools and participatory development models. Employ interdisciplinary methods and processes. Guided studies, applied learning and reflection will emphasize: Cultivating self awareness and a sense of purpose. Applying systems thinking. Thinking in terms of having local and global impact. Developing the capacity to build relationships, coalitions and systems to support and sustain transformational change. Understanding applicable trends in nonprofit and for-profit finance. Students are required to: Demonstrate research skills, including the ability to locate and utilize information from diverse sources. Demonstrate fluency in the theories, practices, trends and on-going dialogue that informs their areas of study within this graduate program. Demonstrate analytical skills, such as critical reading, thinking and writing through documented exploration and analysis of a primary research question. Demonstrate engagement in experiential learning and reflection on that learning Demonstrate engagement with activities that encourage self-reflection and mindful attention to the learning process. Admission Criteria Goddard offers students the ability to chart their own paths and develop, or further develop, the habits and skills of life-long learning. An application for admission to a graduate program may be questioned or rejected because of: Curricular Limits: The proposed study appears to require expertise not available at Goddard. Critical Inquiry: The proposed study appears to consist in research or other activities designed to proselytize for a theory or point of view important to the applicant, rather than a scholarly study of that and other theories or points of view. Readiness: The student has not earned a baccalaureate degree or its international equivalent or application materials otherwise indicate the student is not ready for a graduate-level, writing-intensive independent program of study. [-]

Master of Arts in Creative Sustainability

Aalto University
Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Espoo

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. [+]

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. Creative Sustainability programme provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, built environment, business, design and real estate for dealing with the significant sustainability challenges, such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty, social and economic inequality, and adaptation to rapid global socio-economic changes. CS programme brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams that increases understanding of different backgrounds and offers students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines. CS students will graduate with degrees of Master of Arts. CS Programme is also offered as minor subject studies to the students of Aalto University. Learning outcomes Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability. Systems approach: Students learn to implement systemic thinking into problem solving and design tasks that creates new holistic understanding of complex situations and critical infrastructures in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability. Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem solving methods and tools in facilitating dialogs, defining problems, generating ideas and obtaining solutions. Sustainability management: Students learn to develop new approaches for creating sustainable business models and to advance business ethics and corporate responsibility. Students also gain understanding of the way that different organizational forms support the pursuits in sustainability. Project management: Students learn to manage multidisciplinary teamwork, and to promote sustainability in culturally versatile organizational environments. Skills outcomes of the CS in the Department of Design: Students are able to practice transparent and responsible design in different political, societal and business contexts Students are able to implement design methods and tools in conceptual, service and product design processes Students are able to use design thinking, systems thinking and participatory approaches to analyse sustainability problems and develop creative solutions Students are able to facilitate teamwork across different disciplines and profession Students are able to participate in and lead design debate Academic skills: Students are able to critically approach and write on sustainability related issues Students recognize different academic disciplines and their contribution in sustainability Students are able to carry out design research to support their practical work Education content The Creative Sustainability programme comprises theoretical lessons, workshops, practical projects, excursions and a thesis. Courses deepen the basis for professional skills in methods and responsibilities of sustainable product and service design. Contents of the projects can vary from material innovation to enhancement of social sustainability. Courses and projects are carried out within topics of interest for partner organizations that can be e.g. private companies, NGOs or other associations or public organizations. Projects are launched to solve a real and practical problem of a partner in Finland or abroad. The two-year major consists of 120 ECTS composed of joint compulsory studies, compulsory studies in the Department of Design, compulsory Creative Sustainability design studies and optional studies. The curriculum is based on personal study plans, in which the students can also include studies completed at other universities or other modules from Aalto University. The pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based learning, and strong connection to practical outcomes. For more information on course offerings, please visit acs.aalto.fi. Creative Sustainability studies at the Department of Design empower and encourage students to create new roles for designers and prepare students to start own companies or work as sustainability experts in organizations across the private, public and NGO sectors. Graduates of Creative Sustainability programme (MA) will work as designers, experts, educators, researchers and managers in the organizations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. [-]

MA in Environmental Studies

Tel Aviv University
Campus Full time October 2017 Israel Tel Aviv

The International MA Program in Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary insight into environmental studies, with an emphasis on Israel’s unique geographic and geopolitical setting. [+]

The International MA Program in Environmental Studies provides candidates with an intensive multidisciplinary insight into environmental studies with an emphasis on Israel's unique geographic and geopolitical setting. The program takes place over one year (3 semesters), full time, and is taught in English.

 

International MA Program in Environmental Studies

 

The Porter School of Environmental Studies' International MA Program in Environmental Studies provides candidates with an intensive multidisciplinary insight into environmental studies with an emphasis on Israel's unique geographic and geopolitical setting. It takes place over one year (3 semesters) and is full time.... [-]


M.A. in Land & Livelihood Studies

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time July 2017 India Bangalore

Access to land is a key determinant for livelihood security, and it is becoming highly contested in rural and urban areas. Increasingly, livelihoods based directly from land are becoming precarious; and land for the basic necessity of housing is also becoming unaffordable. In the last two decades we have witnessed changes in the pattern of investments and the nature of industrialization, growth of the service sector, rapid urbanization, agrarian distress, and rather polarized environmental debates. These changes have added a new dimension to the set of relationships that have previously determined ownership of land, work based on land including labour, the environmental quality of land, and food security. The increasing commodification of land is contributing to widening inequalities in rural and urban communities. Moreover “livelihoods” are also being fetishized in many State and non-State interventions, where people are viewed only as beneficiaries, and not as real actors with their own sense of agency. [+]

M.A. in Land & Livelihood Studies Access to land is a key determinant for livelihood security, and it is becoming highly contested in rural and urban areas. Increasingly, livelihoods based directly from land are becoming precarious; and land for the basic necessity of housing is also becoming unaffordable. In the last two decades we have witnessed changes in the pattern of investments and the nature of industrialization, growth of the service sector, rapid urbanization, agrarian distress, and rather polarized environmental debates. These changes have added a new dimension to the set of relationships that have previously determined ownership of land, work based on land including labour, the environmental quality of land, and food security. The increasing commodification of land is contributing to widening inequalities in rural and urban communities. Moreover “livelihoods” are also being fetishized in many State and non-State interventions, where people are viewed only as beneficiaries, and not as real actors with their own sense of agency. Given that the overarching economic processes are mediating access to land and livelihoods in many different ways today, it has become imperative to study the issues of land and livelihood in a trans-disciplinary manner, and reorient the way in which we approach questions about who gains access and who controls access to land and how, and the changing meaning, value, and nature of land and land based livelihoods. We imagine that design thinking when integrated with theoretical engagement and context-specific fieldwork will nurture a new generation of thinkers and makers to innovate interventions, critique existing policies, design archives and interfaces that can constructively address the land and livelihood needs of a democratic society. Disciplines The M.A. in Land and Livelihood Studies will draw from various disciplines and provide a vibrant platform for students to engage with the above-mentioned issues in a design environment. Aesthetics and Critical Studies Anthropology Critical Geography Political Science History Cultural Studies Ecology and Environment Policy Studies & Environmental Law Urban Studies & Design Research - Art & Design Research and Collaboration Srishti Films Design+Environment+Law Laboratory (DEL Laboratory) Bangalore Human Sciences Initiatives (BHSI) UNESCO Chair at Srishti Center for Public History (CPH) The Kabir Project Art in Transit designEARTH lab IMPACT EDGE Grass Roots Innovation Design Studio (GRIDS) Key Values: We believe the following values form the basis for an approach that will equip a new generation of practitioners with a sensitive disposition to rethink the contentious issues surrounding land and livelihoods in our country, in order to design interventions that will provide diverse groups of people with a sense of agency: Reflexivity: As interventionists who seek to grapple with land and livelihood issues in our society we believe it is of utmost importance to cultivate a disposition of reflexivity – we too are part of the “problem” and we can never take ourselves out of the equation. Endurance: Patience and endurance are key to staying with a problem, and gradually deepending understandings. Oftentimes understanding complex social issues happens only over time and in layers. Adaptability: To be creative and design interventions that are equitable and timeless, we should be able to sensitively question received categories, navigate the messiness of the world outside and within ourselves, and change our views and positions. Sustainability: To develop practices, methods, approaches, and platforms that are enduring and integrate the values of equity, respect, and justice, to include humans, environment, flora, and fauna. Course Structure Studios: provide intense learning experiences and enable discourse through making and thinking. It will be a core practice space where students will draw from their learning and critical thought from individual M.A. seminar-studios here for a more enriched understanding and experience. It is envisioned as a space for experimenting, synthesizing knowledge and practices through immersive engagement, intuition, contextual learning, design processes and creative methodologies. Seminar-Studios - To fully explore different learning potentials offered by the humanities and design, this school offers Seminar-Studio as a core learning and investigating space, where text-based scholarship and research practices will be mobilized and reoriented toward an active and experiental engagement with contemporary concerns. Workshops provide a platform for debate and emergence, through a dialogue between material making and critical thinking. This 2-week engagement in each semester allows students to formulate independent responses to ideas and processes, material and immaterial. Summer Practice (Practice), with an organization, a center or a lab at Srishti or a self-initiated project, is an integral part of learning, and demonstrating students' abilities to integrate and synthesize in a field, context or environment. Students will engage in a practice during the summer after their first year of the M.A. that will lead to developing their focus area for capstone or dissertation. 'Interlude' (Practice) - This is a space in which the student will persue a practical engagement related to their field of study that is creative, reflective and extensive. Students will work collaboratively to conceptualize an experiment, symposium or exhibition, and public engagement or demonstration. The work done in the studios may be extended into this mode or may intersect with Interim Semester (odd semsters only) Seminar is a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis, etc. by discussion and /or dialogue, and may also involve crits, pin-ups, presentations, etc. of either works-in-progress or completed works for feedback. Dissertation or Capstone Project in the final semester is the synthesis and demonstration of capabilities to see the world in new ways, and study human cultures through its creative practices. Learning Approach: Program learning components include: A trans-disciplinary approach to master the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the history of institutional arrangements (i.e. forms of ownership and access) and management of land resources, and questions and approaches of livelihood security. Field based immersion to complement the theoretical approaches and provide students an in-depth understanding of diverse, dynamic, and complex realities on the ground Studio based learning and making to explore theories, policies, and problems through shared reflections, innovative problem solving, and making, in an open, mutually respectful art & design learning space. Opportunity to cross-register for electives in other related M. Des, M. Cr A. and M.A. programs, in order to enhance one's learning experiences and widen one's professional applicability to include a design approach. Capability Sets: On successful completion of the course, graduates will have the following capabilities: Researcher/ Scholar Engage and practice critical inquiry that looks at the relationship between land and livelihood, contextualize research, integrate theories, and develop original methods and disseminate findings through innovative scholarly formats. Provide new ways of looking at old problems and thereby inform ground -based practices in development agencies and private firms that engage with land and livelihood issues. Campaigner/ Activist / Critique in a variety of media (text, internet, radio, television, film, theatre, street theatre) Deconstruct existing policies, and understand its long-term impact on communities. Advocate communication and outreach to influence policies and public engagement. Mobilize and develop relationships with diverse stakeholders through grassroots-level intervention and fieldwork. Sustainability Designer Create a platform that integrates critical thinking, art and design to provide novel solutions to problems of environmental degradation and livelihood insecurity. Design policy; evaluate its impact for long-term sustainability. Curator/ Archivist Archive lost practices, methods, and ways of lives, languages, and cultural nuances of communities. Curate artifacts, experiences, and memories of communities affected by environment, migration, and livelihood insecurity; and present information through innovative story-telling platforms. Opportunities Graduates with the above capability sets have opportunities such as: Employment in research and development organizations, policy-related think tanks, non-profits, corporate social responsibility, social enterprises, and art, craft and design firms and organizations. Practitioners in innovative and participatory platforms that identify community practices and methods to be adopted into social enterprises that empower marginalized communities and enable financial security within a sustainable environment. Independent design practitioners, consultants that advise on livelihood issues. Critical thinkers and practitioners in academia and policy design. Enquiries For further information, kindly email Muthatha Ramanathan at muthatha@srishti.ac.in [-]

MA in International Relations (Environment)

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  September 2017 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The International Relations (Environment) master's course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced International Studies... [+]

Since the first UN Conference in Stockholm in 1972 the environment has become an increasingly central issue for scholars of international studies. The International Relations (Environment) masters course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced international studies. In particular it applies these to contemporary debates on global environmental issues, culminating in autonomous learning and independent study in the form of a dissertation.

Why chose this course?

A dynamic, supportive and rapidly growing community of scholars undertaking internationally recognised research in international studies. A reputation for excellence in teaching with strong links between course content and the work of our research-active academic staff. Covers issues such as global environmental governance, the rise of environmental social movements and whether we can achieve development whilst still maintaining the quality of our natural environment. Also provides a range of specialist modules that allow you to focus on particular areas of interest. Links with International NGOs, many of whom are based in Oxford, such as Oxfam and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID). The opportunity to be part of a research-active group and attend a rich programme of research seminars with presentations from high-profile external guest speakers. Excellent learning resources both at Brookes and through Oxford's Bodleian Library, as well as the extensive use of e-learning facilities to complement your time in the classroom. A high level of student support during your time with us. Each student is allocated an academic adviser and student support co-ordinators are also available to help you with any issues you might encounter. A five-day study trip to Brussels and The Hague gives students first-hand experience of how important international institutions, such as NATO and the EU, work. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. This Master of Arts program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and environmental advocacy groups. If you are interested in environmental policy, here are five reasons why you should take a closer look at GW's ENRP Program. [+]

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. This Master of Arts program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and environmental advocacy groups. If you are interested in environmental policy, here are five reasons why you should take a closer look at GW's ENRP Program. About the Program ENRP is based in Washington, D.C., near Executive Agencies, Congress & the Supreme Court, the World Bank, numerous think tanks, advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum and non-profit service organizations focused on a wide array of issues and clients. Attend lectures, policy events, Congressional hearings or Supreme Court cases on a host of environmental topics. Explore alternative environmental careers through internships and build a professional network to support your career growth. ENRP is built on a multidisciplinary curriculum that includes environmental economics, environmental law, public policy, research methods and a two-semester environmental science course. Faculty scholars with deep expertise will help you understand complex environmental policy issues and identify connections between specific issues and the relevant natural sciences. Learn to build policy on science-based evidence, an appreciation of economic incentives and a clear-eyed understanding of environmental law and politics. Capstone ENRP blends theory and practical experience with a professional, client-oriented capstone project, academic credit for relevant internships and research and a wide range of DC-based internship opportunities. Practice applying classroom concepts to real-world environmental policy issues and gain professional experience working in a group on an important environmental policy topic. Join a collegial community of classmates and faculty. ENRP lets you customize your curriculum around a set of eight required courses, with four electives in virtually any GW Department, as well as at Consortium Schools like American University, George Mason University and Georgetown University. Elective courses let you go “deep” in one area, like urban sustainability or biodiversity, or go “broad” by covering multiple diverse environmental topics. Take advantage of GW resources like SustainableGW, PlanetForward.org and the Urban Food Task Force. Science classroom ENRP meets students' practical needs with the option to attend full-time or part-time, and evening classes that accommodate working students. The incoming class size is small – between 12 and 20 – to facilitate close ties between faculty and students and create a sense of community. The admissions cycle is flexible. [-]

Master of Arts in Management at Seattle Pacific University

American Consortium of Universities (Interlink)
Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 USA Seattle

The one-year MAM-SSM program will help you become a confident and polished professional ready for rewarding jobs. It will prepare you to tackle meaningful problems, and help people and organizations flourish. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Environmental Studies. The one-year MAM-SSM program will help you become a confident and polished professional ready for rewarding jobs. It will prepare you to tackle meaningful problems, and help people and organizations flourish. Through the MAM-SSM program, you will gain: Job-relevant applied business knowledge and skills Faith-based perspectives on social responsibility and stewardship Study abroad and internship experiences Meaningful relationships with leaders Professional development and placement opportunities Prior business coursework is not required for admission. If you have a liberal arts, science, or engineering degree, the program will be your bridge into professional roles in business, social purpose, and not-for-profit organizations. If you have a business degree, the program will be your pathway into deeper insights about the purpose and practice of business and its role in serving others, and applying your knowledge in the real world. Prior work experience is not required. If you have no experience, the program can jump-start your career. If you have experience, but have been doing work that doesn’t match your potential or the impact you want, it can reboot your career. For example: A French major with a year of nanny work joined the Class of 2012 and has become an HR/staffing specialist in a global online retailer. A political science major with no experience joined the Class of 2013 and has become a quickly rising IT consultant. A psychology major with no experience joined the Class of 2014 and has become a business analyst for a specialized manufacturer serving the aerospace industry. A Total Package The program is a “total package” rooted in our faith-based vision for business and emphasis on developing professionals who pursue purposeful business activities with integrity. It will prepare you for impact and vocation through: Real-world, applied learning Professional development activities Study abroad Internship Close-knit community and teamwork High-touch coaching Meaningful relationships with organizational leaders A Unique Experience The MAM-SSM program is like work and less like school, with: Relevant, hands-on learning in real-world, high-visibility, high-impact projects and internships Fast-paced, integrated, and blended learning with one-year, interdisciplinary, classroom, online, and on-the-job learning Professional development and placement including coaching, building your personal brand, and developing interviewing skills Community and connections through close-knit community; meaningful relationships with “c-suite” (top-level) and other leaders in business, not-for-profit, and social-purpose organizations High-touch mentoring and coaching, with faculty and organizational leaders Seattle as a beautiful, exciting, gateway city; a center of technology, global health, social enterprise, and trade Study abroad in China and India, where you engage with organizational leaders in these major emerging economies, visiting world heritage and other cultural sites High-Value Outcomes You’ll be ready to tackle meaningful problems so people and organizations will flourish, through: Knowledge — Fundamentals of business and sustaining enterprises in a global economy People skills — Leadership, teamwork, interpersonal relationships Communication skills — Listening, presenting, writing, negotiating, interviewing Analysis skills — Business research, quantitative and qualitative analysis Problem-solving skills — Tackling meaningful, challenging, complex, real-world problems Management skills — Teams, project management, managing change Perspective — Ethics, integrity, human flourishing, stewardship and sustainability, Christian worldview, global contexts Professionalism — Confidence, poise and polish, readiness for meaningful jobs Connections — Lifelong, meaningful relationships with students, faculty, alumni, business, social enterprise, and not-for-profit leaders Job and career placement — Meaningful, rewarding, above-entry-level jobs; clarified vocational direction; accelerated trajectory Transformational growth Impact Admission Admission to the MAM-SSM program is selective and depends on the recommendation of the faculty and approval from the associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Business, Government, and Economics. Phone interviews are held with candidates who pass the initial screening of application materials. If you pass the interview, you are either admitted or placed on a reserve list. Admission to the cohort occurs in rounds and remains open until classes begin, depending on space available. Early Action applications are due by January 15. [-]

MA in Anthropology and Conservation

University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This challenging and innovative MA programme provides a distinctive combination of knowledge and training in Social Anthropology and Environmental Conservation. It qualifies students to pursue careers and doctoral studies in either of the two disciplines—Anthropology or Conservation. [+]

This challenging and innovative MA programme provides a distinctive combination of knowledge and training in Social Anthropology and Environmental Conservation. It qualifies students to pursue careers and doctoral studies in either of the two disciplines—Anthropology or Conservation. The course is offered in an academic environment that formally embraces both social anthropology and conservation science, the School of Anthropology and Conservation, which is, in its constellation of specialisations, unique in the world. The integration of theoretical perspectives and methodologies from Anthropology and Conservation presents a distinctive set of skills that enable the practice and design of anthropologically informed conservation, the resolution of environmental conflict, and the study and revaluation of indigenous/local environmental knowledge. The course encourages a critical perspective on the practice and epistemology of conservation and anthropology, paving the way for the integration of the two disciplines methodologically and theoretically. It pays particular attention to the interrelationships between local/indigenous populations and environmental groups, policy makers, legislators, and institutions concerned with the protection of the environment (e.g. Natural Protected Areas, green development projects). During the course of studies the students explore themes such as human-animal conflicts, environmental politics, debates over fragile environments, attitudes toward conservation among indigenous groups (and vice versa), and institutional and indigenous environmental knowledge and practices. The MA programme in Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent builds on the unique co-existence of the disciplines of Anthropology and Conservation within the same School. Drawing upon the specialist skills of individual members of staff in the two disciplines, the programme offers a distinctive and exciting mix of anthropological and conservation sub-topics and skills, but also, and more importantly, the opportunity to integrate the two disciplines at the MA level of study. This combination is achieved, for the very first time at the University of Kent, and reflects the specialization and research synergies realised in the School of Anthropology and Conservation. Course Structure In each academic year there are three terms. Teaching for coursework takes place in the first and second terms. During the third term and the summer period students prepare their dissertation on a topic that reflects their own individual interests and experience. Students minimally enroll in three required or suggested modules in both the first and second terms term and have the option of also taking additional modules (non-assessed). From the start of the third term the students focus on their dissertation, which counts towards one third of the overall degree. [-]

Environmental Law and Justice MA

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  October 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The devastation of the environment and ecosystems is of increasing concern across the world. In addition to the impact of climate change and reduced biodiversity, both legal and illegal economic activity is a challenge to legal frameworks and agencies at national and international levels of governance. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Environmental Studies. This master's degree has been designed to tackle these issues and equip students with high-level knowledge and skills to enable them to develop professional careers in the environmental sector. Successful completion of the course will ensure you have the required practical skills and knowledge applicable to careers in environmental policy and enforcement, with an emphasis on employability and engagement with contemporary environmental debates. Course highlights - Learn from experts in the field of environmental law justice - You may be eligible for related internship and work-based learning opportunities, including the Practicum in International Organisations, which gives you the chance to intern at institutions such as the United Nations, Global Union Federations and NGOs. - Gain practical experience on an Erasmus-funded internship. [-]

Master in Environmental Studies

University of Central Missouri
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Warrensburg

Welcome to the School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences. The school is part of the College of Health, Science and Technology and is home to long-standing, highly rated and sought-after programs. [+]

Welcome to the School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences. The school is part of the College of Health, Science and Technology and is home to long-standing, highly rated and sought-after programs. Biochemistry and Chemistry Programs The Biochemistry and Chemistry programs have a long-standing tradition of educating students in the traditional areas of chemistry and new expanding programs within our disciplines. There are also many exciting pre-professional programs available for our students. The Biochemistry amd Chemistry programs at UCM exist to provide active, modern undergraduate programs in chemistry: To serve the intellectual needs of students seeking a liberal education To serve the technical and general educational needs of students To prepare professional chemists and teacher For students planning careers in health, science, and engineering fields. Chemistry offers one Bachelor of Arts, four Bachelors of Sciences undergraduate degrees and one minor. Earth Science Earth Science is a student-centered program that integrates excellent teaching, research, scholarship and service to prepare for future success. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality courses that we consider to be competitive with any university. Among the faculty there is practical experience in the areas of mining and mineral exploration, petroleum geology, environmental/engineering geology, hydrology, paleontology and science education. Many of these experiences are brought to the classroom. Earth Science offers a B.S. Degree in Eduation leading to certification to teach Earth Sciences in grades 9-12 and an Earth Science minor. Geography Program The Geography program is a "big picture" discipline and serves as an important bridge or liaison between the social, physical and mathematical sciences. In other words, it incorporates aspects of many other fields such as geology, history, biology, and anthropology. Geography is a core discipline in our campus curriculum and excellent preparation for life in a complex and fast-paced world. Geography offers important analytic tools for careers in areas such as planning, criminal justice, agriculture, environmental studies and international affairs. Spatial data analysis, cartography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are some of the hottest areas in the global workplace. Geography offers two minors and a graduate certificate. Physics Program The future depends greatly on how people solve the world's problems, and problem solving is what physicists do best. From work in biophysics to quatum computation, there are abundant opportunities in the sciences. The program offered by UCM prepares students for these rewarding careers. The physics degree programs at UCM provide a balanced curriculum of classroom instruction and practical laboratory experience. Physics offers one B.S. in Education degree and one minor. Safety Sciences Programs The Safety Sciences programs provide diverse safety and health programs for the undergraduate and graduate students. The program offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Safety Management, and Occupational Safety and Health. In conjunction with these degree the department offers minors in Safety and Fire Science. The Department also offers Master of Science degrees in Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety Management. The curricula are designed to enhance the professional success of the student. The faculty will provide opportunities for the student to develop communication and problem solving skills, networking and an understanding of safety and health values. [-]

MA Agriculture and Rural Development

University of East Anglia Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Norwich

The MA Agriculture and Rural Development offers cutting-edge insights and skills on the linkages between agriculture and rural development. As these topics have moved back to the top of the international development agenda, the Masters provides first-class training on how agriculture can contribute to poverty alleviation and rural development in low income countries. [+]

Master of Art Degrees in Environmental Studies. The MA Agriculture and Rural Development offers cutting-edge insights and skills on the linkages between agriculture and rural development. As these topics have moved back to the top of the international development agenda, the Masters provides first-class training on how agriculture can contribute to poverty alleviation and rural development in low income countries. This Masters is unique for its focus on the dynamic interactions between local livelihoods in rural areas and agriculture understood as a globalised industry. It advances an interdisciplinary perspective on the linkages between global, national and local-level processes shaping agriculture and rural development by integrating knowledge from the social sciences, economics and natural resource studies. The course combines the delivery of theoretical knowledge with empirical insights and case studies grounded in the teaching team’s hands-on experience with agriculture and rural development in a large variety of low income countries. The Masters provides an overview of agriculture, rural livelihoods and rural policy and politics to strengthen students’ analytical skills and to transfer key professional skills of relevance to work on rural development and agriculture. Lectures, seminars, group work and individual assignment will cover the policies and practices of the major international institutions in rural development, including the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation and United Nations Development Programme, just as much as of civil society organisations, such as La Via Campesina and Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement. The MA Agriculture and Rural Development degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time. Course Profile Our Masters courses require students to undertake 180 credits: Compulsory and Optional modules (120 credits) Examination (20 credits) Dissertation (40 credits) Students will receive detailed module outlines, including information about lectures and seminars, full reading lists and assessments once they have registered at the beginning of their course. Professional, Employability and Practical Skills A range of optional seminars and workshops are offered during your Masters programme for the teaching and strengthening of student skills. Sessions to support learning - in particular essay and dissertation writing - occur throughout the year. Development practice training is also provided. Please click to access further information about the Skills Training and Development Practice programme. International Development Research Groups Research in the School of International Development addresses contemporary challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary approaches. Please click to access further information about our International Development Research Groups and our current research projects. Entry Requirements Degree Subject: Social Sciences Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent [-]