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The University of Southampton
Sustainability Science

CIP module

 The Curriculum Innovation Programme (CIP) is preparing our graduates for their future by seeking to create personalisation, develop opportunity and open up choice within learning.

This innovative interdisciplinary approach to education has tremendous value for our students! By creating synergies between disciplines, the interconnected modules generate new ways of thinking across disciplines, provide the opportunity to exercise choice in learning and crucially, produce individuals with the necessary skill set to tackle some of society's major multi-faceted challenges (including climate change, energy, the ageing population, high-tech crime and lifestyle diseases).

SSS have been working with the CIP team to create new and exciting opportunities to integrate the three pillars of sustainability science across some of our degree programmes.  

This unique module, open to students from all departments, will place students within interdisciplinary teams. This module will introduce students to the ‘global challenges' of population & migration, food & energy, biodiversity & ecosystem services, financial & information networks, transnational governance & citizenship, climate change. The underlying academic framework to these challenges will be a systems-level approach that emphasises how different aspects of human and natural systems can be regarded as interacted elements in the Earth system. For more information please view the module profile information.

Visit the Global Challenges website for full details:

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the complexities of understanding environmental change and its implications for society. The module looks to establish a learning community comprising students from a range of different backgrounds working together on a given topic. Importantly this module will allow students from different academic backgrounds to develop critical skills that may not be so easily catered for within their chosen degree programme. For example it will enable those from an arts and humanities to re-engage/engage with scientific and numerical data, and those from the science to develop an understanding of social impact and communication.

For more information view Dr Fraser Sturt video where he describes what students will experience if they partake in the new module. Please also see the Module Profile for Living with Environmental Change.

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Living with Environmental Change CIP

Good interdisciplinary research structures not only open up new areas of research, but also provide flexibility and expansion possibilities for traditional disciplines.

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