Postgraduate Course: Values and the Environment (P) (PGGE11114)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course examines issues related to modes of human understanding and valuing of 'natural' and built environments. The course is constructed around a range of environments (from wilderness to the city) and a range of concepts and approaches that help us to understand humanity's relationship to and embeddedness in the natural world (including wilderness, nature, the more-that-human, landscape and place). The course is taught through alternating interactive seminars and seminars focused on shared readings.
Week 1. Valued Environments - An Introduction
Week 2. Valuing Wilderness/The Wild
Week 3. Reading Seminar - Reading One
Week 4. Valuing the Ocean
Week 5. Reading Seminar - Reading Two
Week 6. Valuing Ruins
Week 7. Reading Seminar - Reading Four
Week 8. Valuing the Urban
Week 9. Reading Seminar ¿ Reading Three
Week 10. Course Conference
Week 11. Course Conference
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 11,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Book reviews submitted to course discussion board and turnitin (4x500 words) 40% (Deadlines: 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov ¿ 12 noon in each case)
Course essay (3000 words) 60% due 16 Dec, 12 noon
Annotated Bibliography (1500 words) 0% due 10 Nov, 12 noon
The annotated bibliography is for formative assessment only.
||Students will receive formative feedback (written comments) on the annotated bibliography assignment. This feedback will help you prepare for the essay. Summative feedback (written comments) will be given on the course essay and book reviews. Informal feedback in the form of verbal comments will be provided to students during class discussions, small group work and during office hours if students wish to discuss aspects of the course or course assignments. Examples of feedback can be found here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/geosciences/teaching-organisation/staff/feedback-and-marking
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A detailed, critical understanding of ways in which environments are valued and key theoretical/philosophical ways of approaching human/environmental interactions.
- An understanding of how a range of environments, from the wild to the urban are valued (or devalued).
- An understanding of the role of values in engagement with a range of environments and the conflicts that arise around different forms of value.
- Expression of the student¿s own critical thinking on environmental values in discussion and in writing, a thinking which will be informed by recent, relevant developments.
- The group discussions will give students the opportunity to demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with environmental issues and allow them to practise critically identifying and analysing complex problems.
|Alaimo, S. (2013) ¿Violet-Black: Ecologies of the Abyssal Zone¿. In J. Jerome Cohen (ed.) Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory Beyond Green (University of Minnesota Press) 233-51|
Baird Callicott, J. (2012) Intrinsic and Instrumental Value, Encyclopaedia of Applied Ethics. Second Edition, pp. 760-768. Online access.
Burgess, J. and Gold, J. (eds) (2020 ) Valued Environments. Routledge.
Carson, R. (1937) ¿Undersea¿, Atlantic Monthly, 78 55¿67
Cronon, W. The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Kind of Nature, in William Cronon, ed. Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature, (W.W. Norton, 1996), 69-90.
DeSilvey, C 2017 Curated Decay: heritage beyond saving, University of Minnesota Press
Farley, P. and Symmons Roberts, M. (2011). Edgelands. London: Jonathan Cape.
Farrier, D 2020, Footprints: in search of future fossils, 4th Estate, London
Gandy, M. & Jasper. S. (2020). The Botanical City. Berlin, Germany: Jovis.
Hinchliffe S (2005). Cities and natures: Intimate strangers. In Allen, j., Massey, D. and M. Pryke (Eds.) Unsettling Cities: Movement/Settlement, 141-185.
Gumbs, A. P. (2020) Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals (AK Press)
Jamie, K. (2012) Pathologies in Jamie, K. Sightlines (Sort of Books).
Jamie, K. (2008) A Lone Enraptured Male. London Review of Books 30(5),
Saville, S. and Hoskins, G. (2020) Locating Value, in Saville, S and Hoskins, G. (eds) Locating Value: Theory, Application and Critique, (New York: Routledge),1-17
MacDonald, Fraser. "The ruins of Erskine Beveridge." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 39.4 (2014): 477-489.
Meinig, D W (1979) The Beholding Eye: Ten Versions of the Same Scene. In The Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes: Geographical Essays, edited by D. W. Meinig and John Brinckerhoff Jackson. New York: Oxford University Press
Niemanis, A. (2017) Bodies of Water: Posthumanist Feminist Phenomenology (Bloomsbury)
Roth, M.S. with Lyons, C and C. Merewether (ed.), Irresistible Decay: Ruins Reclaimed, Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, Los Angeles 1997.
Tsing, A.L. (2015) The Mushroom at the End of the World: The Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. (Princeton University Press)
Thoreau, H.D. (1862) Walking (available on line at https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1862/06/walking/304674/)
Wolch, J. (2017). Zoöpolis: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3487-zoopolis
Yusoff, K. (2011) The Valuation of Nature: the Natural Choice White Paper. Radical Philosophy, 170 (Nov/Dec), 2-7.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Following the introduction, the course is divided into two-week blocks on particular themes, In each two-week block the first week will feature an asynchronous lecture made available at the beginning of the week on Learn. You will be able to engage with this at a time that suits you. The second week of each of each block will consist of a reading seminar focussed on a particular book (or other assignment) and will be led by designated members of the group. These meetings will occur synchronously either in-person or on line depending on the ways the semester progresses and your own circumstances. Regardless, everyone will be expected to participate in these reading seminars. The course incorporates various learning and teaching strategies, including: reading, writing, listening to lectures, participating in class discussions, group work/exercises, and presentations. Discussion is an invaluable learning tool. It enables collaborative learning, sharing different perspectives in relation to the course material and an opportunity to develop and express your own thinking.
|Keywords||PGGE1114,environmental ethics,environmental aesthetics,values,conservation,philosophy
|Course organiser||Prof Timothy Cresswell
Tel: (0131 6)50 9137
|Course secretary||Ms Louisa King
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543