|Availability||Approved for BSc/MGeogSci Geography; BA Geography; BSc/MEnvSci Environmental Science; BA Geography & Planning|
This module explores the critical, contested and controversial debates about environmental and ecological issues. Using a range of examples of research undertaken by staff in the department from the Global North and Global South this module develops a critical geographical approach to understanding environmental controversies. Examples will be drawn from a range of issues including agriculture, water, energy, food, climate change and housing.
• To familiarise students with key critical geographical approaches to interrogating environmental and ecological issues.
• To illustrate how these approaches can be applied to a variety of case studies and examples.
• To enable understanding of the different ways in which society-environment issues are always complex, geographical, political and social.
By the end of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate:
• The ability to articulate why environmental and ecological issues are complex social processes.
• The knowledge and skill to interrogate and unpack how environmental and ecological issues are constructed.
• The ability to apply these approaches in identifying potential solutions and ways forward to contemporary environmental challenges.
The lectures will explore the following as themes through which to understand human-environment relations:
• Political ecology
• Social practices
|Delivery Methods||Lectures (28hrs); Seminars (2hrs); Field Work (8hrs)|
|Learning Hours||Scheduled: 38hrs; Independent: 160hrs|
|Assessment||2hr Exam (66%); 1,500-word Fieldwork Report (34%)|
|Feedback||Verbal feedback will be given during field work. Written feedback will be given on the report. 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||Professor Jenny Pickerill|