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Explore how people and nature interact, and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds

The Environmental Challenges program consists of five short online courses that look at the relationships between people and nature, and the challenging and difficult decisions we face when managing natural resources.

You will see through case studies and discussions that environmental management policies not only need to be economically and environmentally sound, but they also need to be formulated with social fairness if they are to be sustainable.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile, the five courses can be taken in any order, providing a flexible way to enhance your environmental management skills and demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD).

When you complete all five courses in the program and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will be eligible to join a final assessment course that leads to the award of 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

Courses and assessment

Complete 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on any tests within it, to be eligible to buy a Certificate of Achievement for it. Complete all courses and buy all Certificates, to be eligible to take a final assessment course. Pass the final assessment course to earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

This program will require 10 weeks of learning, plus 3 weeks of assessment, and cost a total of £595.00 + shipping.

Learn with a range of environmental experts

The Environmental Challenges program has been developed by the School of Geography at the University of Leeds - one of the world’s top 100 universities and part of the Russell Group of leading UK universities. The School of Geography was ranked in the top five Geography departments in the UK for research power in REF2014 and awarded an ‘Excellent’ grading by HEFCE for the quality of its teaching. It is ranked 15th globally in the QS rankings.

On each course, you will learn with Professor Jon Lovett, Chair in Global Challenges. His research focuses on the institutional economics of environmental management, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to bring together both the natural and social sciences. He has worked all over the world on many different practical projects, and the program reflects this international perspective and applied approach.

Throughout the program, Jon will be joined by experts from a range of different disciplines, to explore ideas raised in the courses, and provide a richness and diversity to the conversation.

Gain evidence of your continuing professional development

The courses within this program have been certified by the CPD Certification Service and can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development. For each course, by completing all aspects you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

Learning outcomes

The Environmental Challenges program is suitable for anyone with an interest in environmental management and natural resource management. Completing all five courses will enable you to:

  • understand the importance of justice and fairness in environmental management;
  • identify the different types of values applied to nature;
  • explore the role of language in the way we perceive and interact with nature;
  • investigate the mathematics of natural dynamics;
  • and assess the impact of conflict on the environment.