Environmental Protest: Past and Present (013GS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

The first Climate Emergency Declaration was made in December 2016, marking the emergence of a new wave of globally-coordinated and high profile environmental protests.

Protests over human-induced climate change represent the latest in a long line of organised protests concerned with the protection and preservation of local and international environments, and an even longer history of resistances to changes in the local environment.

You will analyse the causes, objectives, forms of organisation, methods and modes of protest, and effectiveness of a range of environmental protests over the last 300 years and over a range of spatial scales.


100%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Report)
60%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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