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Making Environmental Decisions (T891) Credits from The Open University

Making Environmental Decisions (T891) Credits from The Open University

Key information

Qualification type

Credits from The Open University

Subject areas

Decision Making Skills Environmental Planning

Course type


Course Summary

Defining environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic and other factors, this course uses a systems framework to integrate environment with other elements when making environmental decisions in complex situations. You will explore a contemporary case of environmental decision making concerning fracking, as well as further examples from different parts of the world around water, energy, agriculture, forestry and climate change. You will also be able to consider an environmental decision-making situation of your own choosing, through the development of a project.

This course is distinctive in its explicit use of systems theories in its conceptual framework and in its focus on decision making. This systemic approach recognises and makes sense of the highly interconnected and complex challenges that many environmental managers face in the decisions they take. These challenges include working with multiple and often conflicting perspectives of stakeholders and issues of sustainability, biodiversity and quality of life. Systems theories are well recognised as useful in many management traditions, particularly where the issues of management are as much about people as they are about their environment. The systems skills you can expect to develop in this course also have wider vocational relevance beyond environmental management. The course is organised into four blocks. Block 1 ? Introducing environmental decision making; Block 2 ? Exploring with systems; Block 3 ? Identifying change and Block 4 ? Taking action. You will be expected to take 3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 6 months | MAY

Study mode

Distance without attendance


6 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Not known

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have adequate preparation for study at this level, usually demonstrated by a bachelors degree (or the equivalent).