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Global Environmental Issues: Science & Solutions (Module)

Module description

This module is structured in 10 two-hour sessions (which may be delivered as either lectures or practicals, as appropriate) that explore many of the key global environmental issues affecting the environmental security of the modern world.  The module will enable students to gain a broad understanding of ten important environmental issues that have emerged during the Anthropocene, the science that underlies them, the various management and mitigation options and technologies, and how this links to policy.  Topics covered will include (as representative examples, which may change) deforestation, desertification and agricultural intensification, biodiversity loss, urbanisation, pollution, ocean acidification, loss of polar environments, maintaining sustainability and ecosystem services, and understanding ecological systems and resilience.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information


Teaching pattern

20 lectures, second term

Module assessment - more information

PowerPoint slides (40%); essay (60%)

Key information

Module code 5SSG2064

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No