Kim Anstey

Bachelor of Arts (Environment Studies major)

This is my last semester of a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Environmental Studies. I‘m an extramural student based in Napier. Extramural study has given me the flexibility of living in Australia and New Zealand and working my study around raising a young family. 

An Environmental Studies major is a fascinating mix of both social science and science papers which emphasises the importance of examining the big picture when it comes to environmental issues. It teaches about the role that science, economics, politics, culture and society play in influencing and in solving environmental problems. It mixes sustainability, natural resource management and science with issues of power and inequality. With New Zealand and the world facing serious issues of declining biodiversity and degraded waterways and soils, there is no time like the present to study this fascinating subject.

I can strongly recommend doing Environmental Studies at Massey. The papers I have done have been taught by friendly and approachable lecturers who are truly passionate about their subjects. The online delivery of papers is first rate with increasing opportunities for viewing lectures and contributing to discussions online.

Next year I plan to embark upon postgraduate study in sociology with a focus on the environment as I believe the key to solving many environmental issues will come from a better understanding of the interconnections between humans, society and the precious environment we inhabit.

My advice to new students would be: knowledge expands your horizons and gives you the power to influence your future. Go for it.

For more information about the course Kim studied see Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies).

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