Geography

Global Landscape Dynamics

Module code: F8051
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

You are introduced to the properties of earth surface materials, how they are shaped and how they interact with hydrology and ecology via climatic controls.

These themes form the basis for examining the dynamics of slopes, rivers, coasts, glaciers, permafrost and deserts, as well as landscapes developed in particular rock types such as limestone and granite.

In the context of global environmental change this module provides the intellectual framework for understanding the impact of natural and human forcing factors on the world's landscapes.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of factors that control landscape dynamics
  • Assimilate information from empirical and theoretical sources to allow informed discussions around a number of important geomorphological issues
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the methodologies, problems and applicability of geomorphological techniques.
  • Critically reflect on management strategies for dynamic landscape components.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of global environmental change on the world's landscape and human interactions with it