Global Landscape Dynamics (F8051S)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Global Landscape Dynamics focuses on the geomorphological processes that underpin landscape sensitivity and vulnerability to changing environmental conditions whether natural or human-induced. Geomorphologists study the world's most visually appealing landscapes and this module introduces key theoretical concepts that inform environmental management on engineering timescales. The behaviour of landscape components and their response to dynamic forcing factors are examined under a variety of climatic conditions, from hot to cold and hyperarid to wet extremes.

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.


100%: Lecture


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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 2024/25. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: