Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Environment, Politics and Philosophy

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Course summary

Explore environmental challenges from fresh perspectives with our interdisciplinary Environment, Politics and Philosophy degree.

  • Situate environmental issues in their social, cultural and historical contexts, at local, regional and global levels.
  • Apply political and philosophical thinking to environmental action, from the personal to the institutional.
  • Develop strategies that make connections between individual awareness and collective participation – become a change-maker.
This course is especially designed to enable you to apply your broad understanding of political and philosophical ideas to current environmental challenges and dilemmas. It poses fundamental questions about how we live and work in the present, and seeks to answer some of these through the development of your skills in critical thinking, project design and implementation, advocacy and communication. We know that we face acute environmental challenges, and that we can't postpone changing the ways in which we think and behave if we are to address these. We also know that environmental science, on its own, won't be able to do this – that solutions 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, this course places the environment at the heart of what you'll study, as well as forming the basis for the practical projects you might undertake.

Course details


Year one - Introductions and foundations: develop your understanding of the connections between different ways of thinking about environmental issues, and follow a broad curriculum which allows you to ask questions, challenge your own assumptions, interrogate evidence, data and opinions. Year two - Practical, applied, relevant: this year is where you will deepen your understanding of philosophical approaches to ecology and the politics of social change, alongside the acquisition of professional skills and the application of your knowledge and understanding to a defined problem or issue. Year three - Achievement, consolidation, creativity: your final project in the third year brings all this together. You’ll identify your own area of study, develop your proposal and put it into practice. This might be an extended piece of academic writing, but it might also be a pitch to a local employer, a community project or the creation of digital resources.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your progress through a variety of coursework tasks including:

  • Projects.
  • Portfolios.
  • Discussion papers.
- Reflective writing.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Environment, Politics and Philosophy at Bath Spa University - UCAS