Module Details

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Title Living with Environmental Change
Code ENVS119
Coordinator Professor N Macdonald
Geography and Planning
Neil.Macdonald@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

The over-arching aim of this module is to introduce students to the so-called ‘Grand Challenges’ facing society and what is being done to address them. Living with Environmental Change is a key interdisciplinary research theme currently being addressed worldwide; from tackling climate change and carbon emissions to promoting sustainable resource use and energy efficiency. This module illustrates that an interdisciplinary approach is crucial to identifying the underlying problems faced by humanity and to finding holistic and sustainable solutions.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Obtain an understanding of the Grand Challenges facing society;

(LO2) Develop an appreciation of the significance of interdisciplinary working in addressing the Grand Challenges;

(LO3) Understand that Geography plays a key role in the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) research agenda;

(LO4) Become familiar with the linkages between research, policy and sustainability.

(S1) Abstraction and synthesis of information

(S2) Assessing the merits of contrasting theories and explanations

(S3) Taking responsibility for learning and reflection upon that learning

(S4) Synthesising, contextualising and critically evaluating information of different styles and from different sources


Syllabus

 

The contents of the module that will be delivered along the semester fall into three main general topics and a final week for concepts settling in:

Topic 1: Grand Challenges and the geo-physical basis of environmental change. 
During these lectures the students will be introduced to several concepts related to the Grand Challenges that the society is currently facing, including the causes, consequences and feedbacks of climate change from an environmental and human point of view, or the role of non-renewable resources within a sustainable development world.

Topic 2: Sustainability
During this section students will be introduced to the human impacts of and responses to climate change, focusing on geographic variability and scale. Topics covered include health consequences, mitigation and adaptation policies, broader political/social/economic issues related to climate change, land degradation, and theoretical approache s to studying climate change.

Topic 3: Environmental politics, climate activism.
The last section of contents in this module will be focused on the socio-cultural side of the environmental changes' effects, including socio-political initiatives from individuals to international organisations’ strategies to face the reality of climate change, as well as different views and perceptions of climate change from the society.

Topic 4: Revision and consolidation week to be carried out during the last week of the semester.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Fully online delivery and assessment.
Teaching method 1 - e-Lectures.
Description: 2 x 1hr x week lectures.
Notes: All lectures will be available via VLE and delivered asynchronously.

Teaching method 2 - Online Seminars (Delivered synchronously online via VLE).
Description: 3 x 1hr seminars.
Notes: Workshop-style seminars that will take place in small groups via VLE.
Unscheduled hours (unscheduled): 6


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           24

6

30
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 120
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Written online exam - Essay Word limit: 1000 words. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment schedule (when): semester 1 (examination period).  1 hour    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Online Exam - 20 MCQ There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1 (week 6)  30 minutes    25       
Online exam - 20 MCQ There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment schedule (when): Semester 1 (week 10).  30 minutes    25       

Recommended Texts

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