Summer School: Global Studies

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Session One 

1 July - 19 July 2024

  • Climate Justice - NOT RUNNING IN 2024

    Module code: IS448

    Unfortunately this module is not running for the 2024 Undergraduate Summer School. Check back here for details of the 2025 Undergraduate Summer School Programme later in the year.

    This module will introduce you to the concept of climate justice through the world-leading sustainability research being done at the University of Sussex. Climate justice brings a focus on social equity and historical responsibility to understandings of climate change. It recognises that climate change exacerbates existing inequalities, and has a disproportionately high impact on those who are least responsible for causing the problem.

    Students on the module will explore questions of extractivism, climate responsibility, finance and funding, ecosystem uncertainty and activism through a series of lectures, case studies, seminars and workshops. Together, we will learn about the colonial roots of contemporary environmental justice conflicts and the range of responses proposed to the climate crisis, while working in groups to discuss, design and propose alternatives.

    The module is both solutions-focused and interactive, and you will have the chance to work in groups throughout as you reflect collectively on how you would address particular challenges. Teaching will be conducted both inside and outside of the classroom, with workshops taking place in the landscape of the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Reserve and South Downs National Park.

    Your assessments will encourage you to engage proactively in practical examples of climate justice and develop your public communication skills.  You will work on a short group-produced presentation, podcast or video to explore a debate or an example of local activism, and the final assessment will be a blog designed to enhance public understanding of climate justice. 

    The University of Sussex is ranked first in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023) and joint first in the UK for Education for Sustainable Development (People and Planet 22/23). These rankings reflect the range of sustainability research and dynamic teaching across the Sussex campus that you will be a part of. The module is ideal for those with a humanities or social science background, whether that be Geography, Politics, Anthropology, Sociology, International Relations, Law, or anyone with an interest in looking at the climate crisis through a critical lens.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of climate justice and the politics and processes that underpin responses to climate change.
    • Analyse cases of environmental injustice in a range of geographical contexts.
    • Design and develop creative, team-based responses to climate justice challenges to achieve common goals.
    • Demonstrate good writing skills that showcase an ability to be reflexive and to engage with academic, activist and policy literature.

    Teaching method: Lectures and workshops
    Assessment: 70% blog, 30% group project
    Contact hours: 42 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits
    Level: 4

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You'll study in the International Development department, which is part of the School of Global Studies. 

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Our Development research

Our staff focus on understanding processes of social exclusion, marginalisation and inequality. We are engaging with initiatives for social justice and activist movements in the UK and abroad. Our academics are pushing the boundaries of development thinking. 

Our research influences the way we teach, and you learn from academics at the forefront of their fields.

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