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I’m trying to decide which course to do with the OU next year. I’ve really enjoyed the social science course I did this year, particularly the blocks on the environment, economics and social policy. I got very zen about how connected everything seems to be and looking at things like poverty, welfare and education has been a real eye-opener. I’m less interested in psychology, politics and philosophy but I really do feel that personally having a better understanding of the issues and why certain things are the way they are and being able to predict trends and so on will be really very interesting.

I’m torn between one on the Environment and one on Economics and economic change. Ultimately I want to do both of them and count them toward a degree in Social Sciences with Economics and Environment.

The Environment course covers things like climate change, food scares, air pollution, waste management, use of natural resources, biodiversity, genetic modification and sustainability.

The Economics course is about ICT, economic globalisation, is capitalism environmentally sustainable, economic policy and competition, market structures, poverty and international trade, unemployment and inflation, forecasting and managing the national economy.

Both of them sound interesting and I am really torn between them, the economics course is interesting because of the poverty and unemployment side will be in a social science context and I hope will give me a better perspective on welfare and economic trends like inflation, sustainability and recession that sort of thing. I’m also particularly concerned about and interested in the environment and protecting it for future generations and I think to a large extent the changes that are needed will have to be enforced on a global legislative level which is where the link with capitalism and economics ties in as one definitely affects the other. At least in that it appears to me that capitalism is inherently flawed as it is based on a continual growth cycle that just isn't sustainable from an ecological point of view. We're already using up the equivalent of 1.4 planet's worth of naturally produced resources every year and as the global population continues to expand and developing countries become more developed and increase their contribution towards global consumption levels it is only going to get worse, I think I'd like to know more about both areas as they really do seem to be very much interlinked.

Bleh maybe I should just toss a coin? Bear in mind I'm doing this just for fun/self interest rather than any career related reasons.

Date: 2009-09-09 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd be tempted to leave the economics one for another year, to see how the global economy stablises - there's going to be quite a lot of interesting thinking to be done as the dust settles, and I'm not sure it's settling yet...

Date: 2009-09-09 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hehe, I was going to go the other way and say do economics as it would be harder to teach yourself than environmental stuff at a later date! Unless you are def doing both and it's a matter of which year!

Good point about changes too though

Date: 2009-09-09 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Both sound interesting though kt does make a very interesting point I wouldn't have considered. Do ou plan to do both eventually

Date: 2009-09-09 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am planning on doing both, it really is a case of which one first.


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