Department of Environment, Science and Social Sustainability (DESSS)

School of Sustainable Development and Tourism (SSDT)

Head of Department
Assoc. Prof. (Dr) S D LUKEA BHIWAJEE

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Departments

Department of Environment, Science and Social Sustainability

The Department of Environment, Science and Social Sustainability (DESSS) operates under the School of Sustainable Development and Tourism.

From our diverse range of program on offer, the Department focuses at creating a social and environmental balance that will help our island state and its citizens face the unprecedented socio-economic challenges.

Ranging from undergraduate programs such as the BSc. (Hons) Occupational Safety and Health Management, the BA (Hons) counselling, the BSc. (Hons) Applied Social Sciences, and our postgraduate programs such as the Masters in Sustainability for Business, Environment and Society, the MA in Counselling, the Masters in Climate Chane, Disaster and Health Management, the Masters in Educational Leadership among others, all our programs ensure that we address and understand emerging themes such as protection of human health, environmental sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation among others. The academic team is highly committed in promoting enhanced quality of education, research and public service on our the UTM campus, for the African region and worldwide.

The Department currently headed by Assoc Prof  S D Lukea Bhiwajee has as purpose to empower our learners to:

  • Examine and understand for instance the function of natural systems, occupational health and safety systems, as well as our social systems;
  • Understand how social, political, environmental and economic activities impact on the society of island states like Mauritius
  • Experiment and test resilient solutions to overcome unsustainable human impacts, environmental degradation and social instability.

Together with the required academic support which our dedicated staff provide, the DESSS also works in close collaboration with its various stakeholders, both national and international, thus providing a window of opportunity to our students. Through various workshops and networking activities, our students are able to interact with prospective employers on the labour market. In its quest of being forward looking, the department will shortly run innovative undergraduate courses in Sustainability, Social Work & Innovation and Post Graduate courses pertaining to Safety, Health and Environmental Management, once all processes are adhered to.

Undergraduate Programmes

Free

BSc (Hons) Sustainable Urban Planning

29 Lessons
What you'll learn
Enable students to have a coherent understanding of urbanism and the built environment
Combine a sound theoretical foundation with an awareness of practice in the field of planning
Gain knowledge about the various roles and responsibilities of urban professionals in society
Understand sustainability issues and adopt inter-disciplinary approaches
Free

BSc (Hons) Applied Social Sciences with Specialisation in Sociology, Social Services and Criminology

47 Lessons
3 hours
All Levels
What you'll learn
Develop learning skills in an interdisciplinary environment
Experience breadth of disciplinary studies and intellectual processes
Specialise in their chosen area of study.
Understand the cross-cultural issues of interdisciplinary study and teams
Develop the personal qualities and attitudes needed for professional success
Identify and understand the fundamental values that inform critical issues and decision making
Free
All Levels

BSc (Hons) Occupational Safety and Health Management(accredited by IOSH-UK)

Successful organisations treat their employees as valuable assets and with …

Free

BSc (Hons) Occupational Safety and Health Management(accredited by IOSH-UK)

29 Lessons
3 hours
All Levels
What you'll learn
Meet the professional development needs of safety and health professionals by providing the latest OSHM knowledge, techniques, and skills with an understanding that occupational safety and health is an integral part of doing business in the global competitive world of today.
Develop the skills and knowledge needed in the field of safety and health management that will allow them to develop, implement, and maintain an effective safety, health and wellness programs in today’s business and bottom-line oriented companies.
Free
All Levels

BA (Hons) Counselling

This Three-year full-time and four years part-time Degree programme is …

Free

BA (Hons) Counselling

29 Lessons
All Levels
What you'll learn
Develop an understanding of the underlying philosophical and different approached to counselling.
Work towards adopting a strong foundation for ethical and professional practice in the field of counselling.
Develop an understanding of the social problems and their impact on individuals within the social context.
Provide opportunities to investigate emerging societal case.
Apply knowledge and skills in structuring counselling sessions to effectively empower persons seeking help, appreciate the effects of organizational and societal influences on the everyday life of people.
Free

Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health Management

Successful organisations treat their employees as valuable assets and with …

Free

Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health Management

What you'll learn
This programme aims at those who wish to pursue a career in the field of occupational safety & health.
The course will not only provide them with the basics of safety and health, but will also broaden their knowledge and equip them with up to date skills and knowledge that are required to perform their day to day duties.
The course will also enable them to better cope with recent unprecedented changes that have taken place in the field of safety, health and well being.
Students will be given the opportunity to analyze situations with respect to safety and health issues and thus take appropriate actions.
The course will also provide them with a strong know how as to the legal aspects of safety and health in Mauritius especially with recent amendments brought to existing laws at work.

Postgraduate Programmes

Free
All Levels

MA Educational Leadership and Management

This Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership & Management has …

Free

MA Educational Leadership and Management

15 Lessons
All Levels
What you'll learn
After successful completion of the course, students will have career opportunities arising in the administrative areas of the educational sector, in both public and private spheres.
Free

MSc Sustainability for Business, Society and Environment

With an expanding global population, countries, both developed and developing …

Free

MSc Sustainability for Business, Society and Environment

16 Lessons
3 hours
What you'll learn
Offer the opportunity to gather professional and technical skills required to appreciate sustainability issues and related global debates.
Develop an understanding of the process of economic, social and environmental policy development, implementation and enforcement.
Provide a firm foundation and practical research to allow reflections towards sustainable development protection and conservation.
Enable students to embed new environmental management strategies to ensure project sustainability.
Assist students in developing their critical skills to asses, evaluate and apply the notions of sustainability in their daily life (personal, organization, community, country)
Free
All Levels

MSc Educational Administration and Technology

This two-year part-time Masters programme is designed to meet the …

Free

MSc Educational Administration and Technology

13 Lessons
3 hours
All Levels
What you'll learn
Analyse the challenging issues and tasks relevant to the administration and planning of education at various levels.
Enable students to apply theories and concepts to the field of education and technology.
Appreciate the effects of organisational and societal influences on educational administration and technology.
Recognise the need to blend the result of research in the field of education with practical experience. Enable students to investigate problems and generate solutions by selecting and employing the most appropriate research methods and analytical frames and carrying out a research study.
Free
All Levels

MA in Counselling

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals …

Free

MA in Counselling

13 Lessons
3 hours
All Levels
What you'll learn
Develop an appreciation of the philosophies, theories and research concerning the various counselling approaches.
Provide opportunities to investigate significant counselling issues through case studies.
Demonstrate an indepth understanding of the therapeutic process. Acquire critical understanding of the place and role of counselling in the Mauritian society.
Understand the importance of the human context of the counselling environment.
Recognize the need for personal development in relation to training as a counsellor.
Appraise the importance of personal experience and values and attitudes in counselling practice.
Explore the issues in relation to counselling in various settings: educational, health care, social, organisational and employment & retirement.
Explain the importance of research methodology in counselling.
Consider the relevance of ethical, social and cultural issues in the counselling process.
Free
All Levels

MSc Climate Change, Health and Disaster Management

This course cumulates the dearth of tertiary level courses in …

Free

MSc Climate Change, Health and Disaster Management

12 Lessons
3 hours
All Levels
What you'll learn
To equip students with up-to-date knowledge regarding climatic changes affecting our planet
To provide students with the skills and competencies required to mitigate, manage and adapt to such changing conditions
To formulate innovative ways of dealing with climate change and disaster management and risk reduction
To enable students and professionals to understand the management of disasters from a humanitarian and logistic point of view
To provide knowhow about the importance of innovation in organisations in dealing with climate change
To develop an in-depth appreciation of the science, policies and technologies linked to climate change,
including the scientific basis underpinning international agreements on carbon reduction targets
To contribute to research in this field
To cover the clinical challenges associated with disasters or humanitarian crises.

Short Courses