Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3259: Climate Justice

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover at least the following topics:

  • an introduction to the science and politics of climate change
  • a theoretical analysis of the problem of climate change
  • consideration of the bases of climate responsibility
  • assessment of individuals and groups as bearers of climate duties
  • exploration of the demands of intergenerational justice in the face of climate change
  • climate displacement and resettlement
  • geoengineering proposals
  • climate denial
  • hope and despair

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4422 x 2-hour seminars
Guided independent study100Private study – reading and preparing for seminars
Guided independent study156Preparation for essay and pre-seen exam – including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Carbon Brief: www.carbonbrief.org

World Resources Institute: https://www.wri.org/

IPCC: https://www.ipcc.ch/

Desmogblog: https://www.desmogblog.com/

Climate Equity Reference Project: https://climateequityreference.org/

Project Drawdown: https://www.drawdown.org/

Climate Action Tracker: https://climateactiontracker.org/

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change: http://wires.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WiresJournal/wisId-WCC.html

The Guardian, Climate Change: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-change