Module Details

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Title AN INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
Code ENVS223
Coordinator Professor N Macdonald
Geography and Planning
Neil.Macdonald@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a knowledge of global environmental history, from pre-history to the present day.
2. To understand and critically evaluate the impact on the earth of: domestication of plants and animals; agricultural and industrial revolutions; and present day processes of globalisation and development.
3. To explain critically the consequences of desertification and deforestation
4. To critically evaluate present day academic and policy perspectives on the environment
5. To contribute and evaluate debates on environmental philosophy and ethics


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On completion of this module, students should be able:- 1. Demonstrate an understanding of global environmental history from the pre-history to the present day. 2. To have a demonstrable understanding and ability to critically evaluate the impact on the earth of: the domestication of plants and animals; the agricultural and industrial revolutions from the eighteenth century; and present day processes of globalisation and resource management. 3. To critically explain the consequences of desertification and deforestation.4. To critically evaluate present day academic and policy perspectives on the sustainability of agricultural and industrial systems. 5. To engage with debates on environmental philosophy and ethics. Achievement of these objectives will be assessed by examination.

(S1) Communication skills


Syllabus

 

Introduction

In search of a framework: Landscape geography, cultural ecology and environmental history.

Philosophical insights into environmental history

Agriculture and the Environment: Long-term perspectives and present-day issues

Evolution, culture, environmental impact and the development of hunting and gathering societies.

The 'agricultural revolution' of the Neolithic and its impact.

Environmental issues raised by contemporary agriculture.

Pre-industrial agriculture: The Mediterranean world

Desertification/  Deforestation

Technological agriculture

Can the world feed itself in a sustainable way?

Population, Resources and Environment in an Industrialised Word

Long-term perspectives: An ecological history of industrialisation and population growth

Present day pressures: fuels; minerals and pollution.

Resource paradigms and the environment: technocentrism and ecocentrism.

Intel lectual encounters with nature

Perils of a Restless Planet: An Introduction to Hazard Research

Is the world becoming more hazardous? Understanding natural hazards: contemporary frameworks and policies.

International policy at the beginning of the millennium


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Traditional lecture based structure
Teaching method 2 - Discussion / reading groups


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20

        5

25
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 125
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Formal Examination Assessment Schedule (When) :end of semester 1  2 hours    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
An essay  -2000 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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