Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3143: Global Sustainability Challenges

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

The module’s objective is to examine critical policy challenges facing policy makers on a global scale, through achievement of four main aims. Firstly, to introduce key concepts such as sustainable development, governance and policy. Secondly, to introduce a selection of theories of governance, including multi-level governance, network governance and collaborative governance. Thirdly, to identify, discuss and theoretically analyse major global policy issues as a basis for learning and lesson-drawing. Finally, to develop a range of transferable research skills, including formulating research questions, data collection, critical analysis of different policy options, plus interdisciplinary and normative problem-solving: which are key skills required for future policy makers in a rapidly globalizing world.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate knowledge of sustainable development, governance and policy – key concepts, theoretical arguments and major academic texts.
2. Assimilate taught materials and utilise them to analyse critical global policy issues.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Research, write and present analytical assignments on political issues.
4. Formulate rigorous political arguments.
Personal and Key Skills5. Communicate arguments effectively through coursework submissions and seminar contributions.
6. Develop and present policy relevant recommendations based in analysis.