10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Environmental and ecological challenges are becoming increasingly important in socio-spatial regulation. This module introduces students to the main concepts and theories that underpin environmental policy-making with particular reference to the issues and examples at local, national and global scales. This module has four main aims: (1) to examine the key environmental challenges facing human societies; (2) to explore past, present and possible future responses to those challenges; (3) to provide students with a range of conceptual and analytical tools for analysing political and regulatory responses to environmental conflict and (4) to provide students with knowledge and understanding to assist in confronting environmental challenges.

Staff Contact: Dr Liz Sharp
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem Solving, Tutorials Lectures: Provide the core knowledge in terms of: (1) environmental challenges; (2) conceptual frameworks for understanding policy responses; and (3) the strengths and limitations of policy responses. Enable the achievement of Aims 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Learning Outcomes 1 and 2. Workshops: Students work in groups to analyse policy information, presenting findings back to the class. Groups will present a balanced analysis of the policy problem. Enables the achievement of Aim 3 and Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3. Seminar: Introduces students to the critical thinking skills needs for detailed reading of conceptual literature. Enables the achievement of Aims 3 and 4 and Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
Assessment: Course work

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