Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3074: The Politics of Climate Change

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to examine why the issue of climate change is so difficult to address. While being rooted in concepts from political science, it aims to provide a platform through which the climate change problematique can be analysed from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Through a mixture of role play, discussions, seminar presentations and group work it seeks to facilitate student learning around key aspects of climate change governance.

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 in-depth understanding of the role and perspectives of different actors involved in climate policy
2. show detailed knowledge of the complexities of addressing climate change across different policy sectors and governance scales
3. evaluate critically policy initiatives to tackle climate change
Discipline-Specific Skills4. think critically, analyse debates and present coherent arguments from a political science perspective
5. evaluate critically the effectiveness of policy
6. demonstrate in-depth understand of the reasons for and barriers to policy intervention
Personal and Key Skills7. produce high quality written and visual material;
8. evaluate effectively ideas and debates;
9. interact and work with fellow students effectively, and in a cooperative manner;
10. reflect critically on own learning and practice;