Environment and Development in World Politics (L2073A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Does the threat of ecological disaster force us to rethink dominant ideas of growth and progress?

This module deals with urgent questions like this, linked to issues of environmental and developmental breakdown, and framed within a global context. The question of whether current forms of economic and political organisation in international society are capable of responding to the challenge of environmental sustainability is more pertinent than ever.

This module will challenge you to expand your conception of the environment while reflecting on theoretical and empirical issues linked to environmental (in)justice and development to critically evaluate alternative possibilities for the future.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 63 hours of contact time and about 237 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: