Department of Environment, Science and Social Sustainability (DESSS)

School of Sustainable Development and Tourism (SSDT)

Head of Department
Mrs. Toshima MAKOONDLALL-CHADEE

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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 Mrs. T. Makoondlall-Chadee 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.

We aim to prepare our graduates from our undergraduate, postgraduate programs and post-doctoral programs to embark on a meaningful career fueled by their own passion and willingness to reach sustainability. Upon graduating from our programs our graduates will be effective interdisciplinary communicators with the right skills and knowledge to lead socio- environmental sustainability efforts in any field, anywhere.

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
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

BA (Hons) Counselling

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

Free

BA (Hons) Counselling

28 Lessons
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.

Postgraduate Programmes

Free

MSc in Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are two key …

Free

MSc in Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

13 Lessons
3 hours
What you'll learn
Provide participants with the required skills and knowledge in the areas of good governance and CSR
Develop the intellectual and technical capacities to enable participants to understand the importance of good governance and corporate social responsibility
Enable participants to have a good understanding of the implications of Corporate Social
Responsibility in an increasingly complex managerial and political context
Develop the participants’ ability to manage their businesses more efficiently with the effective engagement of stakeholders.
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

MSc Educational Administration and Technology

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

Free

MSc Educational Administration and Technology

15 Lessons
3 hours
What you'll learn
Enhance their knowledge to improve their understanding of educational leadership & management.
Investigate ways in which effective leadership can be promoted and in so doing, transform educational institutions in order to become more effective and efficient in a rapidly changing and complex environment
Enhance their ability to critically evaluate educational research and carry out empirical based research so as to further enrich the field of educational leadership.
Free

MA in Counselling

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals …

Free

MA in Counselling

13 Lessons
3 hours
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

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

13 Lessons
3 hours
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

Academic Staff

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Associate Professor
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Lecturer
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Lecturer
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Senior Lecturer
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Senior Lecturer
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Professor