|Delivery length / details
|11 x 2 Hour Lectures
|Assessment length / details
|10-minute Group Presentation (Earth Summit Event) (maximum group size = 5)
|2,000 word Group Fieldwork Report (maximum group size = 5)
|2,000 word Written Essay
|Individual poster and script of individual presentation In lieu of Group Presentation
|500-800 word Individual fieldwork report In lieu of Group Report
|2,000 word Written Essay
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Describe and evaluate the principles of sustainability.
Specify clearly the kinds of national and international factors that have given rise to the emergence of sustainability as a political objective.
Exemplify the different ways in which policies for sustainability are being developed in different parts of the world.
Discuss and evaluate, using specific examples, the limitations of sustainability as both an international policy discourse and set of social and economic practices.
Section 2: Sustainability in Geographical Context (Three lectures).
Section 3: Sustainability in Sectoral Context (Two lectures; One field course session)
Section 4: Critical responses to sustainability (One lecture)
|Application of Number
|This will be developed and assessed as part of the land-use survey work that students will carry out during the fieldwork session of this module.
|The module will develop the students' skills of written communication in writing their assessed essays. Students will also be expected to contribute to group discussions in the lectures (although this will not be assessed).
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|This module has been specifically designed to enable students to improve learning and performance. The mock Earth Summit and Field Course sessions have been paired with thematic lectures so that students can apply the insights they have learned in lectures in applied context. The assessments have also been designed in ways that will enable feedback from one form of assessment to directly contribute to improvements in the following assignments.
|The assessed essays require students to undertake independent research using bibliographic search-engines and library catalogues. The module will enable students to enhance their research skills and practise their IT skills when writing the essay. (not directly assessed)
|Personal Development and Career planning
|The module will help students to develop a range of transferable skills. The course discusses themes which will be invaluable for students wishing to undertake postgraduate study in geography. The policy analysis sections of the module will also be valuable to students hoping to follow a career in environmental policy making.
|The module will develop students' problem-solving skills in a number of ways. Students will be required to analyse a range of sources and texts, and they may be required to complete small problem-solving exercises during the lectures. Students will also have to address problems associated with research design when undertaking their assessed essays.
|Students are expected to research and synthesize a range of academic source material in completing their written assignments, and in preparing for their group presentation.
|Subject Specific Skills
|The module will enable students to develop and practice subject-specific skills that they have developed in Level One and in concurrent Level Two modules such as ‘Research skills in Human Geography’. Students will develop their subject specific analytical skills through their assessed essay and oral presentation, and land use mapping techniques as part of the field course session.
|Team working will be developed in three ways in this module. First students will work as a team in producing their group presentation for the mock Earth Summit (they will also work as groups for the debate phase of this event). Second students will work as a team when carrying out and writing-up their group fieldwork for this module. Finally, students will be expected to work as small teams when discussing the weekly lectures readings that will be set as part of this module.
This module is at CQFW Level 5