Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module allows you to investigate the range of perspectives on Sustainable Development from the field of Environmental Studies. It aims to equip you with the capacity to engage in academically-grounded and critical discussion of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, as well as associated policy responses, at a range of geographical scales. Furthermore, it enables you to establish skills in the creation and the persuasive presentation of environmental policy to key decision makers

Principal learning outcomes

Upon completing this module you will have acquired specific knowledge and understanding that allows you to: 1.Explain the main reasons for concern about the health of our planet today, along with the causes, extent, relation to human activities, and impacts of anthropogenic activities over time; 2.Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of scientific knowledge in the consideration of environmental sustainability; 3.Critically appraise discourses of environmental decline and sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective; 4.Demonstrate an understanding of key scientific/academic concepts, frameworks and theories used in relation to environmental sustainability; 5.Critically evaluate governance opportunities for greater global environmental sustainability; 6.Undertake academically rigorous research into environmental problems to produce policy and practice relevant proposals; 7.Persuade environmental decision makers about the merits of evidence-based policy, and practice articulating your proposals in written and oral formats

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour workshop per week for 10 weeks.

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Other essential notes

This is a 15 CAT module running in Term 2 in 2017-18. The module is not available to students from outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD105-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Policy Briefing Pitch (presentation) 20%
  Policy Briefing Essay (2000 words) 40%
  1.5 hour examination (Summer) 40%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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