Liberal Arts

Global Humanities 2: Hope and Fear - Cultures, Climates, Ecologies

Module code: Q9111
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module draws together tutors from across the arts, humanities, and the geographical and social sciences to provide a uniquely inter-disciplinary perspective on the relationship between people and their environments. Environment, climate and ecology function here as metaphorical terms as well as literal ones: culture has its own ‘ecology,’ for example. We will consider how relationships with ‘environment’ affect the wellbeing of people and the wellbeing of the environment. Students will study the environment as represented in literature, cinema, acoustic ecology, car culture, and many other forms. The module questions where our cultural and built environment ends and where something else begins and how we inhabit both.

Module learning outcomes

  • Make interdisciplinary connections between different ideas about the environment.
  • Identify key aspects of environment, climate and ecologyand show how this can relate to everyday life.
  • Develop and defend arguments in relation to key aspects of environment, cultures and ecologies (as examined within this module).
  • Engage in effective collaboration with others.