Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1020: Global Environmental Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

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

Module Aims

This module provides a clear and inspiring introduction to the nature, causes and potential solutions to environmental problems. Drawing on a wide range of contentious environmental issues including biofuels, fisheries depletion, genetically modified food and climate change, this module illustrates and critically explores the many concepts, ideologies, actors and political settings involved in the politics of the environment today. Applying the tools of sociology, political science and development studies, this module helps you to understand and debate environmental challenges and responses and encourages a rethinking of the relationship between nature and society.

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 and identify ecological crisis in the context of globalisation;
2. Understand, evaluate and apply a range of concepts and theories about policy and political responses to environmental concerns;
3. Appreciate the difficulties in global society's transition to achieving sustainable development;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Identify and discuss core political ideas and concepts deployed in global environmental politics;
5. List, describe and assess different interpretations in the light of appropriate evidence;
6. Engage with confidence with the dilemmas and controversial debates which take place within the field of global environmental politics;
Personal and Key Skills7. Demonstrate oral and written analytical and organizational skills;
8. Develop communication skills;
9. Write an essay to a deadline.