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Postgraduate Course: Global Environment: Key Issues (PGSP11358)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides a broad-based introduction to the political, ethical and social challenges of global environmental issues. It covers core concepts and debates in social science, the humanities and international law. It engages students with key questions from across the disciplines, and allows them to apply these insights to key global environmental challenges such as climate change.
Course description This course examines key global environmental issues from a number of perspectives, including politics, international relations, sociology and philosophy. Focusing on key environmental challenges linked to climate change, food security, and sustainable development, the course explores a series of key questions from across the disciplines. . How do environmental issues affect global governance? What does climate change mean for state sovereignty or security? How has the relationship evolved between society and the natural world? What are the barriers to developing an environmentally sustainable, secure global food system? Does capitalism drive climate change? Is climate change a human rights violation?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  42
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Issue Briefing: 1500 words (20%) (in time to allow time for feedback before next assessment); and Final Essay: 2500-3000 words (80%)
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Acquire extensive, critical and detailed knowledge of fundamental concepts in social and political science, as they apply to current environmental debates.
  2. Engage critically with central questions and key thinkers in an ongoing academic and political debate, honing their skills in assessing and developing rigorous theoretical arguments.
  3. Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in the preparation of research and coursework.
  4. Further develop their ability to present coherent, balanced arguments surrounding contemporary global environmental issues, in written and debate form.
  5. Acquire genuinely interdisciplinary insight into the multi-faceted political challenge of achieving global sustainability.
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Course organiserProf Elizabeth Bomberg
Tel: (0131 6)50 4248
Course secretaryMrs Casey Behringer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2456
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