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Postgraduate Course: Climate Change: Policy and Practice (BIME11027)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryWe will discuss how climate change will have major consequences for food production, water availability, ecosystems and human health, migration pressures, and regional instability; to review the international legislation and policy that hopes to address some of these issues.
Course description This course explores broader climate change related policy and strategy, examines the extent and manner in which this translate to practice through implementation, and considers what the impacts and consequences are to livelihoods, societies and wider environmental and economic agendas.

The course initially explores the particular challenges that individual species face at both the leading and trailing edges of climate shifts. We explore the relationship between climate change and disease and, critically, the social justice implications of climate policy and the subsequent impact on other environmental and sustainability targets. The course examines initiatives that attempt to address these challenges.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities will constitute 40% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Feedback Summative assessment consists of a written element, worth 60% of the total mark, and an online element worth 40%. In both cases, comprehensive written feedback is provided individually with 15 working days of the assessment deadline. Students are expected to reflect on their feedback, to seek additional clarification if appropriate, and to use this to improve on future assignments of a similar nature.
Formative assessment consists of discussion around what is expected of each piece of assessed work for the course. This is conducted in an open discussion forum for all students to contribute to and provides an opportunity to clearly understand the key requirements for each assignment before submission. Any student can post questions about the assignment and a response will be posted on the discussion board by the course tutor within 3 working days.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Define what is meant by the term 'climate change' and be able to critically evaluate the scientific evidence that reinforces this definition.
  2. Synthesise the complexities of global unilateral agreement to effect policy related to climate change and examine the gulf between developing and developed nations.
  3. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the consequences of climate change for biodiversity and human health and wellbeing and have a critical appreciation of the challenges faced in trying to overcome these impacts.
Reading List
The course will draw from current literature and other publications relevant to the topic. A reading list will be provided for each lecture.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills This course encourages an appreciation for the interface between science and social science and the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to studying global issues.
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Course organiserDr Ellie Devenish-Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3508
Course secretaryMs Lisa Kilcullen
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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