Global Challenges (Social Cohesion) with Placement

Course Introduction

What makes some nations rich and others poor? Are there some places on earth you just wouldn’t want to live? Is it just economics and leadership or are deeper factors at work? If you’d like to explore the answers to these questions, this course is for you.

Within the core spine of your Global Challenges degree, you will take an in-depth look at issues such as climate change, sustainable development, migration, terrorism, inequality and poverty and how they affect the world we live in. Alongside this, with the Social Cohesion pathway you will delve into the pressing need to address social wellbeing.

Looking at the multiple challenges of economic hardship, unemployment, terrorism, and mass human migration, you will address the causes and consequences of social inequalities, and the ways in which they can be tackled.

In your first year you will explore global issues like capitalism, poverty, social injustice and social infrastructures as you start you to think critically about the influence of power in social inequality.

In your second year you will focus on social cohesion and social wellness and how it relates to the challenges associated with the migration of displaced peoples and the role cyberculture and cybersecurity. In your final year, you will study social conflict as you explore war, violence and human rights violations.

Throughout your course you will build your ability to work in teams as you build skills in project management, debates, presenting and team pitches. A third year Enterprise Project will help to bring all these skills together as you work on a group project with a real organisation.

You have the option to apply for an internship at the end of your first year and can take a one-year placement between years two and three, giving you valuable work experience and a step ahead for your career when you graduate.

At the end of the course, your knowledge of social issues and your problem solving capabilities will allow you to follow a career with a focus on making change for good.

Course Modules

Year 1

Addressing Global Challenges

Introduction to Global Challenges

Introduction to Social Cohesion

Understanding Social Cohesion; Concepts & Structures: Handbook

Understanding Social Cohesion; Systems of Society: Analysis and Exploration

Understanding Social Cohesion; Approaches to Media: Interpretation and Dissemination

Year 2

Addressing Global Challenges

Addressing Contemporary Global Challenges

Analysing Movements and Technologies; Migrations Portfolio

Analysing Movements and Technologies;Dialogue and Dissent: Reflections and Responses- Policy Briefing

Analysing Movements and Technologies; Reflexive journal

Analysing Movements and Technologies; Digital Innovation

Year 3- Placement

Year 4

Arts and Sciences Dissertation in Global Challenges

Challenges & Communities

Global Challenges in Practice

Investigating Challenges & Communities ; Book proposal

Investigating Challenges & Communities ; Evidence Based Policy Document

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (with Honours) - BASc (Hon) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (with Honours) - BASc (Hon) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (with Honours) - BASc (Hon) £15,860 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 -- with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
  • Institution's Own Test: 65% in Brunel English Language Test -- with no less than 55% in each subsection
  • TOEFL (iBT): 92.0 -- with a minimum of:
  • Reading - 18
  • Listening - 17
  • Speaking - 20
  • Writing - 17
  • PTE Academic: 58.0 -- with a minimum of 51 in all subscores