Environment, Politics & Globalisation

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MA/MSc

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Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
Environment, Politics and Globalisation is a unique combination of theoretical and policy relevant modules drawing on the environmental expertise of staff and internships with participating environmental organisations. Gain in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping contemporary and past environments. Includes local case studies and global environmental issues, politics and policies.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Unique combination of theoretical and policy-relevant modules.
  • Internships available.
  • Case studies used alongside broader level analyses of contemporary environmental and political issues. 
  • Located in the heart of London. 

     
KEY FACTS
Student destinations
Students on this programme have gone on to: undertake further graduate study as research students; work as research assistants for international consultancies, charities and government agencies; occupy senior management positions; teaching; journalism.
Programme leader/s
Dr Alex Loftus (alex.loftus@kcl.ac.uk)
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Duration
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Location
Strand Campus.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department of Geography
Closing date
Early application to this programme is recommended. Applications received before 1 July 2014 are more likely to be successful. Although, if places are still available, we may consider applications later than this date.
Intake
Approximately 30 FT/PT.
Fees
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)
FT Home: £8,250 (2014)
FT Overseas: £16,500 (2014)
CONTACTS
Contact information
Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1977 / 7203 / 7230 / 1434 / 7204 / 2912
Email Website

PURPOSE
For those seeking to develop their intellectual and practical skills to engage in both academic debates and the practical construction of environmental policy and politics at national and international scales.

DESCRIPTION
This programme provides in-depth knowledge and a critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping environments, through an exploration of the issues and debates surrounding the construction of environmental policy at national and international scales. Local case studies are supplemented by broader level analyses of global environmental issues, policies and politics. A unique combination of theoretical and policy-relevant modules draw on the environmental expertise of the staff and internships with participating environmental organisations.

This programme comprises a core dissertation and two compulsory modules: Globalisation & the Environment and Practising Social Research I, plus 60 credits from a range of options available on topics covering the culture politics of nature, consumers and the environment, disasters and development, environmental actors as well as the opportunity of completing an internship.

Please note that not all modules run in any given year and you should not choose this programme on the expectation that an optional module will be running.

STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
Core programme content
Core module (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):
  • 7SSG5009 Dissertation in Environment, Politics and Globalisation (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)


Compulsory modules (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):

  • 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5147 Globalisation and the Environment (40 credits)


Compulsory module (MSc pathway: 20 credits):

  • 7SSG5150 Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)


Indicative non-core content
Optional modules (MA pathway: 60–70 credits; MSc pathway: 40–50 credits):
Students must take 60–70 credits (MA pathway) or 40–50 credits (MSc pathway) of optional modules. For both MA and MSc pathways, at least 40 credits must be from the “list of prescribed optional modules” given below, and the other credits may come from the “other optional modules” list.


List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to this Programme:

  • 7SSG5070 Environmental Internship (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5073 Environmental Actors and Politics (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5148 Consumption, Globalisation and Sustainability (20 credits
  • 7SSG5149 Disasters and Development (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5153 Critical Geographies of Terrorism (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5165 Environmental Science and Policymaking (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5168 Community, Vulnerability and Disaster Risk (20 credits) (Prerequisite: 7SSG5149 Disasters and Development, either through taking the module fully or through auditing)
  • 7SSG5178 Tourism, Conservation and the Environment (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5208 Understanding Climate Change in Society (20 credits)
  • 7YYB0006 Political Ecology, Environment & Brazil (20 credits)


Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above.
  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the KCL India Institute on the MA Modern India, in the KCL China Institute on the MSc China & Globalisation and MSc Governance in Contemporary China and in the KCL Brazil Institute on the MA Brazil in Global Perspective.
  • Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.

Please note that the above programme structure is subject to formal approval.



FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Specialist taught modules assessed by essay, presentation, practicals and occasionally by examination. The three-month dissertation is core and can be taken overseas or in the UK.

MODULES
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Module code: 7SSG5147
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 40
Semester:  Full-year 

This module provides a practical and theoretical underpinning to the MA degree; to enable students to ask fundamental questions about the nature of the global environment; to be able to make links between the key ideas of globalisation and the global environment; to better understand the changing environmental role of the state; to appreciate the basis for global environmental governance.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5002
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module enables students to derive a greater understanding of the relationship between methodology and method and the related notions of epistemology and ontology. The module is a mix of lectures and tutorials and enables students to develop skills in the appropriate use and application of quantitative and qualitative methods, which will have been worked through in tutorial sessions. The module lays the conceptual groundwork for the design of the dissertation and enables students to appreciate the connections between epistemology and the students particular programme of study.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.

Module code: 7SSG5168
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 

This module aims to enable students to understand the social construction of vulnerability to natural hazards at the micro level; appreciate the theoretical and empirical links between the reduction of disaster risk at micro level and issues of development at the local and international scale; facilitate understanding by students of the linkages between household and individual vulnerability and livelihoods in the local and macro economy; develop a critical awareness of the role of development failures in local patterns of human vulnerability and disaster risk and encourage critical reflection on the management of disasters through humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction approaches, especially the linkages between scales.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5148
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 

This module provides students with an appreciation of the theoretical and empirical links between political ecology and global consumption. It enables students to develop a critical awareness of the role of the middle-class and rich people in global patterns of consumption and environmental interaction and facilitates an understanding of the ethical implications of high level consumption on the global environment.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5153
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the theoretical and empirical links between geographical theories and insights and the phenomena of terrorism; facilitiate understanding by students of the spatiality of the phenomena of terrorism and geographical perspectives on understanding the root causes of terrorism; enable students to develop a critical awareness of the role of spatial organisation, spatial strategies of power and spatial discourses in influencing the pattern of terrorism by state and non-state actors and encourage critical reflection on counter terrorism approaches and how might strategic interventions at the discursive and policy level, help reduce vulnerability to terrorist acts in addition to confronting the root cause of terrorism.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5149
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module aims to provide students with training in critical social science with which to examine the causes of natural disaster associated with climate change and other extreme events and the ways in which natural disaster risk and recovery are managed. The module exposes students to vulnerability and capacity assessment methodologies, and management approaches including community based risk management. There is a particular, but not exclusive focus on Africa, Asia and Latin America. Theoretically the module draws from the political ecology of disaster and hazardscapes work.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5073
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module enables students to understand the main problems and opportunities of environmental actors with regard to environmental policy formulation and implementation. It gives students an insight into the pertinent debates surrounding the role of different environmental actors in the environmental management process and enables them to understand debates surrounding differences between environmental policy-making in advanced economies and the Third World and why different environmental actors are pursuing different agendas with regard to environmental policy and politics.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5070
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Full-year 

This module enables students to understand the main opportunities and constraints facing the policy-influencing capacities of environmental organisations, through the medium of an internship placement with an NGO. Students gain insights into the workings of environmental organisations and a feel for the day-to-day working practices of environmental activists. While on placement students learn how to collect/process environmental information relevant to the campaigning activities of environmental organisations, and subsequently put together a structured and coherent report reflecting on their practical experience.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5178
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 

The module aims to critically explore the politics and practices of ‘ecotourism’. It draws on diverse work in social theory, political ecology and related approaches to outline a range of critical lenses for approaching ecotourism. The potential of these critical lenses is illustrated through investigations of key issues in ecotourism, which are grounded in examples of ecotourism in practice in Spain, Mexico, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.


ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice

2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University).

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
We run a rolling admissions system. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process. There is no set deadline.

PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Please provide a personal statement that shows how your own interests are linked to the programme. In this statement please describe your academic background, your reasons for applying for this programme and what you hope to gain from it, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests.

FUNDING
Varied including Research Councils, University of London Scholarships, departmental bursaries and career development loans. For overseas students Chevening Scholarships are available from the British Council. For further information on funding, including conditions of eligibility, please consult the Postgraduate Funding Page on the Masters section of the Geography Department's website - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/geography/study/masters/funding.aspx



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My undergraduate degree was in History and English, and I chose the Nineteenth-Century Studies MA because of King’s reputation and because its wide range of courses encouraged a wide-ranging interdisciplinary approach. The core seminars offered a rich overview of the period from history, literature and geography to art and science, while the other courses on offer gave perspectives on everything from patriotic politics to theatrical melodrama. This broad scope inspired a creative cross-pollination of ideas, and the teaching staff was always friendly, accessible and encouraging.

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