DN240 BSc Sustainability (STS1)

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The BSc in Sustainability is an innovative undergraduate degree that aims to equip its graduates with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to address sustainability challenges by combining environmental, social and economic perspectives. After a common first year, each student will retain an interdisciplinary perspective throughout their degree, but will elect to focus on:



Sustainability: Environmental Science and Engineering OR  Sustainability: Social Sciences, Policy and Law.



The programme is based on the following principles:




  • Interdisciplinarity – in-depth knowledge within a core or focal discipline, complemented by a range of perspectives and skills from others. Specific modules and activities to foster an interdisciplinary approach and outlook.

  • Flexibility – capacity to choose between broad areas, core disciplines and combinations of modules.

  • Applicability and employability – grounding in the real-world application and uptake of new ideas, innovations and policies and the processes by which this occurs.

  • A global perspective – the programme reflects UCD’s global outlook and the need for international partnership in addressing global environmental challenges.


1 - articulate clear awareness and understanding of critical global sustainability challenges
2 - critically discuss evolving theory, concepts, policy and the ethics and values of sustainability
3 - apply a holistic, interdisciplinary and practical approach to sustainability
4 - demonstrate competence in a range of research and analytical methodologies
5 - deploy well-developed critical and intellectual skills in innovative and creative approaches to unfamiliar or dynamic contexts and problems
6 - exhibit the knowledge and skills needed to develop a career in sustainability and environmental management, including communication, project planning, project management and interdisciplinary teamwork skills
7 - become engaged, solution-focussed global citizens with capacity for lifelong learning

Graduates will enjoy careers as consultants, managers and advisers in large organisations and private businesses. An interdisciplinary education in sustainability theory, policy and practise will equip you to work in areas such as renewables, clean technology management and energy efficiency, or advise industries on social and environmental strategies. Many opportunities also exist in international organisations such as the UN, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, government departments and state agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and in local authorities and Non-Governmental Organisations.


Stage 1

First Year is structured so that students are able to progress into one of three following majors in Second Year: Sustainability with Environmental Science and Engineering; Sustainability with Social Sciences, Policy and Law; Sustainability with Business and Economics. Students are required to complete 55 credits of programme (core/option) modules. 8 of these are core modules, including either CHEM00010 or GEOG10140. Students choose an elective module in the Spring trimester.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
ACC10730 Business in Society Autumn

5

ECON10770 Introduction to Economics Autumn

5

GEOG10150 Introduction to Sustainability Autumn

5

SCI10010 Principles of Scientific Enquiry Autumn

5

SOC10020 Introduction to Sociology Autumn

5

SCI10060 Sustainability Challenges Spring

5

STAT10060 Statistical Modelling Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
CHEM00010 must be taken by students who do not have LC Chemistry with a minimum grade of H5 or O1. Students following the Environmental Science and Engineering pathway or the Business and Economics pathway who have a LC Mathematics grade less than H5 or O1 must take MATH00010 in Stage 1 or Stage 2. Students with LC Mathematics grade H5/O1 or above are not eligible to take MATH00010.
     
CHEM00010 Introductory Chemistry Autumn

5

MATH00010 Introduction to Mathematics Autumn

5

Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
CHEM00010 must be taken by students who do not have LC Chemistry with a minimum grade of H5 or O1. Students following the Environmental Science and Engineering pathway or the Business and Economics pathway who have a LC Mathematics grade less than H5 or O1 must take MATH00010 in Stage 1 or Stage 2. Students with LC Mathematics grade H5/O1 or above are not eligible to take MATH00010.
     
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Must be taken in Stage 1 by students who do not need to take CHEM00010. Students who are required to take CHEM00010 in Stage 1 will take GEOG10140 in Stage 2.
     
GEOG10140 Mapping a Sustainable World Autumn

5

Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Must be taken in Stage 1 by students who do not need to take CHEM00010. Students who are required to take CHEM00010 in Stage 1 will take GEOG10140 in Stage 2.
     
Stage 1 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students must satisfy the requirements in lists (A) and (B) before making choices from lists (C) and (D). Students wishing to follow the Environmental Science and Engineering pathway must take CHEM10050 in Stage 1 or Stage 2. Students who achieved grade H6 or O2 in LC Biology should not take BIOL00010.
     
ACM10090 Climate Change:Causes & Consequences Autumn

5

ARCH10010 Exploring Archaeology Autumn

5

BIOL00010 Fundamentals of Biology Autumn

5

BIOL10140 Life on Earth Autumn

5

ENVP10030 Environmental Economics Autumn

5

POL10170 Foundations in Political Research Autumn

5

GEOL10050 Earth and Humanity Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

GEOL10060 Introduction to Earth Sciences Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

PHIL10040 Introduction to Ethics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ARCH10150 Anthropology: an introduction Spring

5

BIOL10030 Cell and Plant Biology Spring

5

BIOL10110 Cell Biology & Genetics Spring

5

CHEM10050 Basis of Organic and Biological Chemistry Spring

5

EDUC10220 Education for a sustainable future Spring

5

ENVP10010 Environment Change & Policy Spring

5

GEOG10080 Dynamic Earth Spring

5

GEOG10100 People, Places, Regions Spring

5

GEOL10040 Earth, Environment and Society Spring

5

LAW10440 Law in Europe Spring

5

LAW10450 Law and Courts Spring

5

POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics Spring

5

SSJ10020 Global Justice: Towards an Egalitarian Global Order Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students must satisfy the requirements in lists (A) and (B) before making choices from lists (C) and (D). Students wishing to follow the Environmental Science and Engineering pathway must take CHEM10050 in Stage 1 or Stage 2. Students who achieved grade H6 or O2 in LC Biology should not take BIOL00010.
     
Stage 1 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students who achieved H3 or higher in LC can take MATH10340 Linear Algebra in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences instead of MATH10290 Linear Algebra for Science as an option. You may select only one of these options.
     
MATH10290 Linear Algebra for Science Spring

5

MATH10340 Linear Algebra in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Spring

5


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