24 Feb '11, 5pm

New degree course to tackle complex environmental issues - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - In August, the National University of Singapore (NUS) will welcome 50 students whose idea of fun is doing field studies on Christmas Island, or learning the myriad issues behind haze in the region. The students will form the pioneer batch of the new Bachelor of Environmental Studies programme, a four-year, direct Honours course. Environmental issues are too urgent and wide-ranging to be tackled in a fragmented way, say the leaders of the taskforce that designed the inter-disciplinary curriculum. During discussions, "it impressed on me, really, that as a social scientist…I'm only trained to appreciate one fragment of the entire global issue", said sociologist Paulin Straughan. The taskforce was co-led by NUS Faculty of Science special projects director Professor Leo Tan, a respected conservationist. The involvement of eight NUS faculties and schools - including ...

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