Environment, Society and Politics
|Availability||Approved for BA Geography; BSc/MGeogSci Geography; BSc/MEnvSci Environmental Science; BA Geography & Planning|
Environmental issues continue to be a key area of contemporary public concern and current political debate. They raise fundamental questions about the relationship between society and environment, and the politics of that relationship. This module provides a geographical introduction to these issues and debates with examples from a range of scales from the global to the local. After a review of key concepts, the module is developed through inter-related sections covering debates through different empirical themes.
• To familiarise students with key geographical theories and concepts for understanding society-environment relations including notions risk, practice and sustainability.
• To illustrate how these theories and concepts can be applied to understand current issues in key sectors (such as energy, waste, water, housing and food).
• To enable understanding of the different ways in which society-environment issues are always political, including critical engagement with environmental policy formation in these sectors and the relationship between environmental regulation and everyday life.
By the end of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate:
• An understanding of key geographical theoretical and conceptual approaches to society and environment relations.
• Knowledge of how these approaches can be applied to contemporary environmental issues.
• An appreciation of different ways in which environment-society relations are always political, including appreciation of the challenges posed for environmental policy-making in key sectors.
• Approaching Environment and Society.
• Thematic blocks on topics such as:
• Review and revision workshop
|Delivery Methods||Lectures (20hrs); Tutorials (6hrs)|
|Learning Hours||Scheduled: 26hrs; Independent: 171.5hrs|
|Assessment||2.5hr Exam (85%); 5-min Group Presentation and group participation in stakeholder debates (approx. 20-mins) (15%)|
|Feedback||Verbal feedback is given in tutorials. Students can also receive feedback on performance in exams by arranging a meeting with their Personal Tutor at the start of the following Semester. Students are encouraged to seek feedback at every opportunity.|
|Module Leader||Dr Matt Watson|