Environment, Politics and Philosophy BA (Hons)

Bath Spa University
3-4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Environment, Politics and Philosophy BA (Hons)

We know that we're facing acute environmental challenges, and if we want to address them, we need to change the ways that we think and behave now.

We also know that environmental science, on its own, is only part of the answer that solutions also lie in understanding how we think, how we respond emotionally to the world around us, and how we see ourselves within it.

Drawing on a wide range of subjects and disciplines in the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences, our Environment, Politics and Philosophy degree places the environment at the heart of what you'll study, as well as forming the basis for the practical projects you might undertake.

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Program content

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Global Development
  • Sustainability in Life and Work
  • Truth and Reality
  • Protest and Persuasion
  • Worlds of Ideas
  • Thinking Together: Humanities in the 21st century

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Ecology and Nature
  • The Art of the Possible: Political Analysis and Policy Making
  • Reading Philosophy
  • Climate and Society
  • Working Together
  • Ethics in the Contemporary World
  • Political Ideologies: Thinking in Action
  • Digital Humanities
  • The Wild Muse: Explorations of Nature
  • The Art of Persuasion: Advocacy for Change
  • Political Institutions and Social Change

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Environment, Politics and Philosophy Project
  • People, the Past and the Environment
  • Plants and People
  • Writing and the Environmental Crisis
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Conservation in Africa
  • Issues in World Politics
  • Life and Meaning
  • The City in Global Contexts
  • Environmental Politics
  • Culture, Risk and Environmental Justice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


International students Full time: £14,400


Program Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Approaches, methods, and theories Coherent understanding of the complexity of interdisciplinary enquiry, argument and analysis in the study of the environment and the social-cultural impacts of environmental change
  • Connections and change Critical evaluation and interpretation of change in human and physical environments, and of the complex relationships between planning, politics and policy in the management of change
  • Culture and politics Critical participation in cultural and political debates relating to the environment, people in the environment and environmental sustainability
  • Ethical thinking Critical engagement with the role of ethics in contemporary environmental politics and policy, and the analysis of the ways in which ethical considerations are used to support or challenge past and present actions or inaction
  • Perspectives and position Critical reflection on the interplay between diverse perspectives and positions in the formulation of responses to contemporary social, cultural and political events
  • Evidence and ideas Critical engagement with and reflection on the roles of evidence and ideas in the formulation of local, regional and global responses to environmental crisis
  • Continuing studies

    Work Experience and Placement Opportunities

    As this is an applied course, there are opportunities throughout to use your knowledge, analysis and skills in a variety of different ways, including through project-related work inside and outside the University. The following modules have been explicitly designed to incorporate professional development, opportunities for working with external partners and placements of varying lengths and complexity. The University will support you in making the most of these opportunities, and in ensuring that they work for you in relation to the skills you want to develop, your ambitions and aspirations, and the needs of those with whom we work.

    • POL5004-20 The Art of Persuasion: advocacy for change
    • PET5102-20 Working Together
    • PPY5100-120 Professional Placement Year
    • POL6***-40 Environment, Politics and Philosophy Project

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    Bath Spa University

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    Bath Spa University

    Newton Park
    BA2 9BN Bath
    United Kingdom

    Phone no: +441225875875

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