B.Sc. in Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Leuphana University of Luneburg

Program Description

B.Sc. in Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Leuphana University of Luneburg

Do you want to acquire skills which will enable you to actively contribute to a more sustainable development? Would you like to be able to do so on a global level with an international perspective?

Then come study Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies in an international setting in the historic town of Lüneburg. Our new degree programme with its intercultural approach prepares you for a career in institutions and organizations which operate internationally. Become part of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg which is on the cutting-edge in the field of inter- and transdisciplinarity and has been specializing in sustainable development in research and teaching for over 30 years.

Why study sustainability studies in Germany?

Despite being an industrial nation with a heavy reliance on technology and having been among the largest contributors to environmental problems, Germany is one of the pioneers in areas such as climate protection and Education for Sustainable Development.

Studying with an international perspective and in an international environment

Sustainability questions are often global and require solutions which must be discovered and developed transnationally. It is this outlook that our internationally-oriented degree programme Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies is based on. All courses in this major are taught in English and are augmented through intercultural formats. You will be studying with students from many different countries and encounter professors with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

As a student of the major Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies, you will explore the current sustainability challenges from the point of view of different disciplines, such as sociology, ecology, and economy, to achieve a holistic understanding of the problems at hand. You will develop a firm knowledge-base in the social and natural sciences and learn to apply tools and methods from both fields. To do this you will be working with models and statistics, but also spending time in the lab and outdoors or with partners from the different fields in question. Furthermore, you will develop the skill set needed to identify, communicate and address sustainability challenges, so that you can act as a Change Agent for sustainable development.

Goals of the degree global environmental and sustainability studies

As a student of the Bachelor programme Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies in Lüneburg, you will acquire the knowledge to scientifically explain and assess global climate and environmental problems. Moreover, you will learn to understand the social values, guidelines and behavioral patterns which generate these problems, gain the power of judgment and develop new approaches for a gentler processing of natural resources.

You will acquire skills which enable you to understand complex correlations between different problems, think connectedly, analyze interconnected processes, and find sustainable solutions. Additionally, the intercultural experience you gain by studying in the international environment that this degree has to offer makes you an invaluable graduate on the international job market of a sustainable economy and the sustainable development of our society.

Aims and Objectives

Do you want to acquire skills which will enable you to actively contribute to a more sustainable development? Would you like to be able to do so on a global level with an international perspective? Studying Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies in an international setting you will acquire the knowledge to scientifically explain and assess global climate and environmental problems.

Moreover, you will learn to understand the social values, guidelines and behavioral patterns which generate these problems, gain the power of judgment and develop new approaches for a gentler processing of natural resources.

Course Structure

At Leuphana College, the Bachelor degree programme consists of four components: the course starts with Leuphana Semester, in which you learn the basic methodology and cover the fundamental areas for an academic degree in your main subject. From the second semester, your Bachelor programme is divided into a major (main subject), minor (subsidiary subject) and Complementary Studies. In Complementary Studies, you explore the approaches taken and methods used in other disciplines and explore socially relevant questions.

Course Content

As a student of the Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies major you will explore the current sustainability challenges from the point of view of different disciplines to achieve a holistic understanding of the problems at hand.

Following the Leuphana Semester, the second and third semester is centered around acquiring a general knowledge basis of the subject and methodological approaches of the natural and social sciences; such as mathematics, statistics, ecology, environmental chemistry, methods of sustainability communication as well as sustainability management and sustainability governance.

From the fourth semester on you can establish your individual profile by selecting from a broad spectrum of electives from both the social and natural sciences.

Additionally, you will work in an inter- or transdisciplinary sustainability research project together with partners in the field to develop concepts for real social concerns surrounding sustainable development. All classes in the Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies major are taught in English. You will be studying with students from many different countries and encounter professors with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Students who successfully complete the Bachelor programme are awarded a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree.

Career Prospects

The degree programme Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies with its intercultural approach prepares you for a career in institutions and organizations which operate internationally. From positions in small organizations to large companies, from NGOs to public sector organizations, from foundations to agencies: a wide field of future careers is open to you, such as roles in environmental agencies, environmental consultancy, environmental associations, environmental conservation, research institutes and the field of renewable energies.

Application and Admission

The Bachelor degree programme at Leuphana College can only be started in the winter semester. The College runs a two-stage admission process for all majors with admission restrictions. In the first stage, extra-curricular accomplishments are also taken into account alongside your university entrance qualification grade. You can increase your chances of admission by taking an admission test and attending an interview in stage 2.

Students who wish to complete a Bachelor degree programme at Leuphana College, but who do not have a German university entrance certificate, must apply through the Application Services for International Students, uni-assist, in Berlin.

Admission requirements: university entrance qualification and English skills Online application: possible from mid-May Deadline: July 15 Admission process: university entrance qualification grade and accomplishments (stage 1); test and interview (stage 2)

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 22, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2018
Duration
Duration
6 semesters
Full time
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Deadline
July 15, 2018
Locations
Germany - Lüneburg, Lower Saxony
Start date: Oct. 2018
Application deadline July 15, 2018
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Dates
Oct. 2018
Germany - Lüneburg, Lower Saxony
Application deadline July 15, 2018
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