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Equitable and Sustainable futures 1: Sites of Global Change - ENV00020C

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gideon Baffoe
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module summary

This module offers an understanding of how global processes, such as globalisation, neoliberalism, and gentrification, have changed the society we live in today. It will provide a strong foundation for exploring and investigating how different development theories and policies have changed the socio-political, economic, and cultural systems. Drawing on relevant case studies, policies and initiatives that have emerged from these processes and theories will be analysed.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

• Introduce students to the various theories, concepts, and ideologies, that underlie the rapidly changing world

• Critical awareness of how to apply development concepts and ideologies to understand contemporary issues and processes

• Understand the theoretical and practical perspectives on development and globalization

• Opportunity to undertake independent and group learning, and to improve writing, oral communication, and presentation skills

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to do the following:

• Recognise, examine and explain the processes that are changing the world conditions and identify emerging global policy outcomes.

• Critically examine how different development theories and ideologies intersect in shaping systems at multiscale levels

• Demonstrate a deeper understanding of how to apply theories and concepts to examine contemporary global change processes and issues.

• Develop a strong scientific argument that is evidenced-based and situated in the global change discourse.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 2000 Words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on the assessment. Ongoing verbal feedback throughout the module.

Indicative reading

Brown, K. (2016). Resilience, Development and Global Change. Routledge

Camil, P. (2020). Global Change: An Overview. Nature Education Knowledge 3(10):49

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