Module Identifier GG10310  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr John Walton  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Deborah Dixon, Dr Luke Desforges, Dr Mark Whitehead  
Pre-Requisite Normally A or AS level Geography.  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 20 x 1 hr lectures.  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours Written exam. Answer one question from each section, four questions set in total.   100%  
  Resit assessment   2 Hours Same format.   100%  

Module outline

Lectures 1-3: World population: past trends and future prospects
Lectures 4-6: From hunting and gathering to agriculture: the population dimension
Lectures 7-9: From agriculture to industrialism : the population dimension
Lecture 10: Twentieth-century technology and the growth of population
Lecture 11: Population growth, consumption, trade and the evolution of the modern economy

Introducing Environmental Geography
Lecture 12: Nature, society and the environment
Lecture 13: Approaching environmental geography
Lecture 14: A brief history of environmentalism

Environmental change and society
Lecture 15: Industrialisation, population growth and the Greens
Lecture 16: Scientific development and the Risk Society
Lecture 17: Globalisation and the environment

Environmental politics
Lecture 18: Local responses to environmental change: environmental protest movements
Lecture 19: The response of the nation state: the case of the UK
Lecture 20: International action and sustainable development
Lecture 21: Beyond environmental politics: the ethics of the environment

Lecture 22: Module review


The module aims to provide students with a broadly-based introduction to the main features of current world demography and the way in which societies relate to their surrounding environment. The aim of the second half of the module is to explore the impact of industrialisation and globalisation on the changing nature of human relations with the environment.

Module objectives / Learning outcomes

On completion of the module participants will be able to:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Dobson, A.. (1990) Green Political Thought. Unwin Hyman
Livi-Bacci, M.. (2000) A Concise History of World Population. 3rd. Blackwell
O'Riodan, T.. (1981) Environmentalism. 2nd. London: Pion
Young, S.. (1993) The Politics of the Environment. Manchester: Baseline Books