Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3259: Climate Justice

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

Module Aims

The module will enable students to explore debates about the demands of climate justice and how climate policymaking reflects (or fails to reflect) these demands. It will encourage students to use the tools of political theory to explore the theoretical roots of climate justice, the responsibilities of individuals and groups, the demands of mitigation and adaptation, what we owe to future people, geoengineering proposals, climate denial, damage to human rights, ethics for climate catastrophes, and more.

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. Understand in depth the justice challenges created by climate change and critically evaluate proposals in the literature for meeting these challenges.
2. Recognise the salience of these challenges and proposals for real-world climate policy
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Assess normative arguments for their validity and soundness and begin to construct such arguments of your own.
4. Trace the evolution of abstract theoretical concepts into practical climate politics.
Personal and Key Skills5. Engage in respectful conversation with others on contested political questions;
6. Study independently and manage time and assessment deadlines effectively
7. Communicate effectively in speech and writing.
8. Present your own views on a topic with support from arguments and evidence;
9. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills through tutorial discussions and module assessments
10. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the internet, online journal databases and other IT resources for the purposes of tutorial and assessment preparation.
11. Demonstrate effective applied writing