Module Identifier GG12710  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Sarah J Davies  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr John P Grattan, Dr Bryn P Hubbard, Dr Richard M Lucas  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Examination 60% Multiple choice, computer marked 40% Essay (1 question from 4)100%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

This module provides an introduction to the key environmental issues affecting today's society. The impact of human activity on atmospheric, terrestrial and hydrological systems will be examined. The influence of both natural and anthropogenically induced environmental change on society will also be explored. The potential consequences of global climate change, arguably the most important environmental issue facing us today will be used to link together the different elements of the course. The first part of the course will cover a series of general topics, whilst the second part will focus on specific case studies presented by other IGES staff that reflect current research being carried out within the Institute.


Lecture 1: Introduction

Lectures 2-4: Atmospheric change:

Lectures 5-7: Terrestrial change

Lectures 8-10: Hydrological change

Lectures 11-12: An introduction to geohazards

Lectures 13-14: Climate change: glaciers and people

Lectures 15-16: Tropical deforestation

Lectures 17-18: Imperial legacies - long-term human impact on the environment in Jordan

Lecture 19: Vulnerability to change: lessons from the past

Lecture 20: Conclusions: a look to the future

Module Skills

Research skills Students will be required to pursue their own background research relating to material presented in lectures.  
Communication Students will be required to evaluate information in lecture material and in their own reading and present this in the form of an exam essay.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged to make use of study material from a range of different sources, including web-based resources and videos.  
Subject Specific Skills This module will focus on interactions between the physical and human environment. Students will be encouraged to take a multi-disciplinary approach to environmental issues.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Goudie, A. (2000) The Human Impact on the Natural Environment 5th. Cambridge, MIT Press
Middleton, N. (1999) The Global Casino: An introduction to environmental issues 2nd. Arnold


This module is at CQFW Level 4