- Professor Kevin Ward (Professor - University of Manchester)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Practical||1 x 3 Hour Practical|
|Seminar||10 x 2 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||ESSAY One 3000 word essay, addressing the main themes discussed in the formal teaching sessions||60%|
|Semester Assessment||PROJECT POSTER relating to a contemporary environmental policy issue||20%|
|Semester Assessment||PRESENTATION One 10-minute oral presentation of the project poster||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components only if the overall module mark is a fail.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Describe, compare and evaluate environmental institutions and policy frameworks in their historical and spatial contexts
- Demonstrate an understanding of a range of concepts and theoretical perspectives relating to the environment and environmental management.
- Describe and analyse a range of case studies relating to contemporary environmental policies in local, national and global contexts
- Construct and articulate an informed analysis of contemporary environmental issues
- Communicate information and analysis effectively through an oral presentation
- Communicate information and analysis effectively through visual presentation
In order to enable this module to connect to GGM3420, a number of regionally-based case studies will be discussed and the relevance of regional thinking will be emphasised.
1. The principles and practises of environmentalism, and the emergence of environmental institutions and policy frameworks.
Indicative Reading: Whitehead, M (2006) Spaces of Sustainability: Geographical perspectives on the Sustainable Society (Routledge, London.
Section B. Environmental Risk and Management.
2. Theorizing risk and scientific uncertainty.
3. Developing policy frameworks for environmental risk management.
4. Case analysis of environmental risk [may include nuclear power debate; climate change; toxic waste and chemical pollution].
Indicative Reading: Franklin, J. (Eds.) (1998) The Politics of the Risk Society Cambridge: Polity Press.
Section C. Environmental Behaviour and Conduct.
5. Theorizing environmental behaviour.
6. Developing policy frameworks for pro-environmental behaviour change.
7. Case studies in environmental behaviour change (may include home energy use; carbon management; green consumption).
Indicative Reading: Whitmarsh, L. (2009). Behavioural responses to climate change: Asymmetry of intentions and impacts. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29, 13-23.
Section D. Sustainability and Resilience [ Guidance will be given at different points in this block of teaching on the design and content of poster-presentations].
8. Theorising sustainability and resilience: from ecological science to environmental practice.
9. Developing policy frameworks for sustainability and resilience.
10. Case Studies in sustainability and resilience (may include Transition Cultures; LA21; Climate Proofing).
Indicative Reading: Gallopin, G.C. (2006) 'Linkages between vulnerability, resilience, and adaptive capacity' Global Environmental Change Vol. 16(13) pp. 293-303.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Some reading by students will discuss empirical research based on numerical analysis. Students will also be encouraged to think critically about the role of quantification in the construction of environmental issues.|
|Communication||Oral communication will be encouraged during seminars, and through an assessed project presentation. Written communication is assessed through the module essay, and also through a poster that accompanies the project presentation.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed study, including extensive reading for the project work and seminars. Students will be required to develop self and time-management skills and will receive guidance from the MA coordinator, the module coordinator and the coordinator of the session.|
|Information Technology||Students will be expected to use Information Technology in the presentation of their coursework, in both completing their essays and designing posters. They will also become familiar with the critical use of the Internet in the provision of academic writing, for example on-line journals and policy documents. This is assessed in the essay and project poster presentation.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Students will engage critically with contemporary environmental policies and issues, which are directly relevant to a range of career paths. Project work will enable them to demonstrate key transferable skills of synthesis, communication and presentation, with reference to contemporary environmental issues.|
|Problem solving||Students will be exposed to a range of environmental issues and approaches to dealing with these. They will be assessed directly on their problem-solving skills through their project poster presentations.|
|Research skills||Students will undertake a significant degree of independent researching for the essay and project poster presentation.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will develop skills in the application of theoretical approaches to contemporary environmental issues and policies.|
|Team work||Seminars will involve group-based discussions and activities. This is not formally assessed.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7