Postgraduate Course: Human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability (PGGE11130)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Welcome to Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability. We live in a new geological age ¿ the Anthropocene ¿ in which human activity is having profoundly damaging and potentially irreversible impacts upon the planet. Environmental change resulting from that activity calls into question the sustainability of the relationship between humankind and the natural environment upon which we depend. In this course, we examine the human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability issues, encompassing societal, political, economic, technological and cultural aspects, as they relate to the broad, interconnected topics of land, global change, energy, water, biodiversity and food. The interconnectedness of these topics will be discussed throughout the course by reflecting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The analytical perspectives employed in the course to analyse the human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability issues are: Transitions Theory, Social-Ecological Systems and Political Ecology.
Week 1: Introduction to the course and Analytical Perspective 1: Transitions Theory
Week 2: Analytical Perspective 2: Social-Ecological Systems, and Analytical Perspective 3: Political Ecology
Week 3: Land
Week 4: Global Change
Week 5: Energy
Week 6: Water
Week 7: Biodiversity
Week 8: Food
Week 9: Governance
Week 10: Poster Presentations
Week 11: Course Reflection
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Engage critically with a range of contemporary environmental change and sustainability topics, especially regarding the societal, political, economic, technological and cultural aspects of managing and responding to contemporary environmental change and sustainability problems;
- Critically reflect on the interrelationships between topics of environmental change and sustainability;
- Apply and critique a range of analytical perspectives on environmental change and sustainability;
- Develop transferrable professional skills in group work and in communicating through poster presentations and writing policy briefs;
- Search for, review and critique academic and policy documents to summarise, evaluate and gain a deeper understanding of particular environmental change and sustainability topics and debates.
|Blaikie, P. (1995) Changing environments or changing views? A political ecology for developing countries, Geography 80 pp.203|
Death, C., & Gabay, C., (2015) Doing Biopolitics Differently? Radical Potential in the Post-2015 MDG and SDG Debates, Globalizations 12 (4) pp. 597-612.
Folke, C., Hahn, T., Olsson, P. & Norberg, J. (2005) Adaptive Governance of Social-ecological systems, Annual Review of Environmental Resources 30 pp. 441¿73
Griggs, D., Stafford-Smith, M., Gaffney, O., Rockström, J., Öhman, M.C., Shyamsundar, P., Steffen, W., Glaser, G., Kanie, N., & Noble, N., (2013) Policy: Sustainable development goals for people and planet, Nature 495 pp. 305¿307 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v495/n7441/full/495305a.html
Loorbach, D., Frantzeskaki, F. & Avelino, F. (2017) Sustainability Transitions Research: Transforming Science and Practice for Societal Change, Annual Review of Environment and Resources 42 pp. 599¿626
Peet, R., Robbins, P. & Watts, M. (2011) Global Political Ecology. New York: Routledge
Robbins, P. (2012) Political Ecology: A critical introduction (2nd edition) Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell (read Part 1: 1 Political versus Apolitical Ecologies (p11))
Rotmans, J. & Loorbach, D. (2009) Complexity and Transition Management, Journal of Industrial Ecology 13 (2) pp. 184-196¿
The Guardian (29th August 2016) The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/29/declare-anthropocene-epoch-experts-urge-geological-congress-human-impact-earth
Walker, B., Holling, C.S., Carpenter, S.R. & Kinzig, A. (2004) Resilience, adaptability and transformability in social¿ecological systems. Ecology and Society 9(2): 5.
[Additional readings will be detailed in the course handbook]
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course is often over-subscribed. Please notify the course secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) during induction week if you wish to take this course.
|Keywords||PGGE11130 Environment,sustainability,science-policy interface,interdisciplinarity
|Course organiser||Dr Clare Barnes
Tel: (0131 6)50 2287
|Course secretary||Mrs Paula Escobar
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543