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Masters in Environment and Development

The MSc in Environment and Development is being suspended for the academic 2012/2013 year

 

Course Description

In a rapidly changing international economic, political, security and environmental context it is vitally important that policy makers, academics and others understand the interlinkages between different social and environmental systems. Global climate change and poverty are two of the most large-scale and serious issues facing humankind. Both compromise human and environmental security and are increasingly interlinked. Climate change is implicated in the generation of poverty, particularly in countries and regions which are most severely affected and have large, climatically dependent agricultural sectors, as in Sub-Saharan Africa. In-turn, poverty is implicated in environmental modification and the necessity for people to mine their natural environments for resources as sources of livelihood. While over-consumption in the developed world of resources plays the major role, nonetheless poverty associated deforestation is also an important channel through which climate change is affected, for example. People living in extreme poverty are often more directly dependent on the environment for their livelihoods. Therefore maintaining and enhancing environmental quality can have a direct and important impact on poverty reduction. This requires a transition to sustainable livelihoods, involving a combination of new assets, capabilities and institutions.

This degree addresses issues of environment and development and the interlinkages between them. Global climate change and poverty are two of the most large-scale and serious issues facing humankind. Both compromise human and environmental security and are increasingly interlinked. This degree aims to develop a critical understanding of the operation of socio-political and environmental processes from local to global scales. Particular emphasis will be laid upon the interconnectedness between political and socio-spatial theory, governance, civil society, environmental conflict, and climate change, amongst other issues. The course includes an innovative fieldcourse based in Rwanda on Climate-Environment-Sustainability Interactions and Threats to Livelihoods. Further details on modules and on the fieldtrip are available from the School MSc administrator (snsmast@tcd.ie) or from the course handbook which can be downloaded here.

A wide variety of careers will be open to graduates from this programme in overseas development assistance for public, private and non-governmental organizations. It is envisaged that the programme will also attract active professionals already working in these fields, who wish to strengthen their qualifications, in addition to students who wish to develop careers in this area or to pursue further academic studies.

 

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