(PRWEB UK) 23 January 2013
There are many global issues that appear regularly in the media, ranging from climate change, energy security, peak oil, renewable energy, community land ownership, economic development, the European Union, global economic trends and population movements.
All of the above issues are addressed throughout the syllabus of the BSc Hons Sustainable Development, as well as several other key themes. The course was recently validated to be delivered internationally and is the first UHI undergraduate programme to have achieved this level of validation. Additionally, we are accredited by the Institute of Economic Development, which means that graduates automatically become members of the Professional body upon graduation. The course which is delivered entirely online has been running successfully for over ten years. The course team are all experienced practitioners in their field and have all been supporting online learning for many years.
One of the many strengths of the method of delivery of the course is its flexibility. All of the course resources are available online and are therefore accessible whenever they are needed. Tutorials or Lectures are arranged predominantly for the early evening, which allows individuals who are working to be able to participate and earn income by being able to combine work and study. This is increasingly important to many students, who are obviously keen to avoid graduating with a degree, but having accrued considerable debt in the process.
Recently we have been offering first year modules to High school pupils who are looking to progress to University. This helps to make clear the difference between school and university level study in a well-supported environment as well as offering relevant subjects to study. We have worked with a number of schools throughout the Highlands and Islands and are looking to expand this.
According to Donald MacKinnon, a sixth year pupil from the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway,
“I thoroughly enjoyed completing the “Introduction to Global Environmental Issues” module. It was a challenging course but always very interesting. I would recommend this module to any sixth years, especially those who are thinking of studying at a university or college when they leave school. It equips you with skills which are rarely taught in school, these include referencing, accessing academic journals and reflecting on your contribution to these discussions as well as providing you with knowledge about our fast changing planet which we should all be aware of.”
Further information on the course can be found at: http://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/courses/bsc-hons-sustainable-development, or http://www.sustainabledevelopmentonline.co.uk, or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UHISustainableDevelopment