Perspectives on Environmental Leadership
You will firstly be exposed to different ways in which environmental leadership has been understood in the literature. This includes emphasis on the person of the leader, the position they are in, or the process they take.
Key themes to be explored include:
- conceptions of environmental leadership and how these differ from other 'traditional' leadership theories
- the role of personal character strengths in leadership style and efficacy
- attributes of environmental leadership in different applied contexts
The second component of the module will be student-led and consist of live interviews with existing environmental leaders from different sectors. These will form the basis for inquiry into your own concept of environmental leadership.
People and the Environment
This module will provide an introduction to the central issues facing people and the environment in the Anthropocene. The first half of module will explore key themes and approaches for understanding these environmental issues. These may include environmental knowledge(s), risk perception, ecosystem services, environmental governance, gender issues, and legal perspectives.
The second half of the module will engage with these concepts in the context of current environmental issues, such as climate change, pollution, biodiversity, urbanisation, and water management.
Managing for Sustainability
Sustainable companies are those that are managed in socially, economically, and ecologically responsible ways. Today's managers are expected to understand the impact of management decisions and practices on the environment and society.
This module considers how sustainability principles are applied in organisations, and how to manage for sustainability. Through use of multiple learning approaches, the module enables you to practically interact with real businesses to address some sustainability challenges faced by the organisation.
The module introduces the you to frameworks and theories use to critically assess sustainability, and to integrate sustainability into the business strategy.
The module enables you to develop an understanding of the practical dilemmas facing businesses as they seek to respond to multiple, and often, conflicting stakeholders expectations. You will be expected to critically reflect upon your practical experiences and capture these using a learning journal.
Techniques for Environmental Solutions
This module will introduce you to a breadth of techniques relevant to addressing practical environmental challenges. These techniques relate to human and physical components of environmental problems and engage with quantitative and qualitative data. You will be required to integrate these methods and address a real-world environment challenge.
This module will also incorporate:
- preparation for the Project in Environmental Leadership and Management
- methods for designing and implementing studies to assess environmental impacts of human activity
- stakeholder mapping and engagement
- methods for aiding decision-making under uncertainty
- common statistical techniques for analysing environmental data
- displaying data clearly to communicate to diverse audiences
- extracting information from various textual sources
- spatial representation of environmental information
Leadership and Management in Practice
This module is delivered by an external training provider (Goodman Wilkinson Associates). Assessment and teaching will be modified to ensure that the standard of the content can be accredited at masters level, resulting in you receiving a Level 5 certificate by the ILM which also contributes to your MSc.
Project in Environmental Leadership and Management
In this module you will conduct a detailed independent analysis of an applied environmental leadership or management challenge of your choice. Working alongside a partner environmental organisation, you will develop skills in project design, independent inquiry, solution development and communication.
Conservation Planning and Practice
Across the world species and ecosystems are undergoing rapid changes from human activities such as the conversion of natural areas to settlement and agriculture and for forestry, resulting in habitat loss, ecosystem degradation and fragmentation. This module aims to provide a critical and sophisticated understanding of the theory and practice of systematic conservation planning and practice.
The module is taught using a real-world case study project in order to teach the practical skills required for delivering on-the-ground actions that achieve conservation goals such as the expansion of reserve networks and identification of areas for restoration. The module focuses not only on teaching conservation planning methods but also providing an understanding of the social, planning and policy context in which they are applied.
Ecosystem Function, Management and Conservation
This module will present key concepts to understand ecosystem function and processes, humans' place in natural systems, and basic tools and goals for ecosystem management and conservation. Specific themes include:
- Introduction to biodiversity and ecosystem function and processes
- Ecosystem services – how humans depend on ecological systems
- Human impacts on biodiversity and ecological systems
- Consequences of the conservation crisis
- Ecosystem management and conservation – goals and tools for sustainability and conservation of biodiversity and ecological systems
- In-depth case studies of management and conservation
Advances in Managing Rivers and Catchments
This module will focus on the following themes:
- Key river and catchment processes
- Impacts of anthropogenic (ie climate, land-use) change on rivers and catchments
- Current and historic river/catchment management practises
- Tools and techniques for monitoring and mapping rivers and catchments
- Modelling rivers and catchments to test management scenarios
Assessing Water Quality
This module provides an overview of water quality assessment techniques, including chemical, biological, sensor and long-term reconstruction methods. The majority of the module will be taught as part of a residential three-day field course, supplemented with laboratory practical work. You will get hands-on experience in techniques and their application.
The module will be underpinned training in the by a theoretical understanding of the water quality and its drivers at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Training will include how to devise appropriate water quality management plans and use of benchmarking tools from environmental monitoring agencies.