Geography

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Module code: L7003
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

This module explores contemporary debates on environmental management and sustainable development from a perspective that bridges physical and human geography. It examines the development of core scientific and social theories and discourses that underpin contemporary management of the environment and sustainable development. In particular it explores the trade offs between the three different pillars of sustainability; economics, environment and society. These trade offs are explored in relation to a range of real world problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss and energy use. The module explicitly deals at a range of geographical scales, from the global to the local, as well as considering different approaches to the management of natural resources.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of core scientific and social theories and discourses that underpin contemporary management of the environment and sustainable development.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the trade offs and complementarities between the three pillars of sustainability; economy, environment and society.
  • Apply the idea of trade offs and complementarities to a range of real world problems, in particular climate change, biodiversity loss.
  • Discuss the relevance of several seminar environmental papers and theories to contemporary concerns relating to sustainable development.