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Engendering Change - ENV00044I

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Ioan Fazey
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module will equip students with the skills, knowledge, tools and experience needed to meet the growing demand for employees and academic researchers to be able to work with complexity and support change towards more sustainable futures. Students will gain a critical understanding of the frameworks, principles, concepts, theories, and approaches to support change whilst simultaneously developing a strategic change plan. The module will enable students to apply their growing understanding of environmental and social issues, reflect on their own assumptions about change, and enhance their understanding of how to apply theory to bring about change in real-world settings.

Related modules

"Introduction to Global Challenges" is a pre-requisite for this module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

Equip students with knowledge, tools, skills and experience needed to develop strategic plans to support change towards more sustainable futures.

Module learning outcomes

  • Analyse complex sustainability problems and identify foci for change;

  • Apply frameworks, principles, concepts, theories, and knowledge about change in strategic planning;

  • Prepare strategic change plans that promote shifts towards more sustainable practices.

Module content

The module will involve a range of lectures on concepts, theories, and approaches to change, and examples of how change has been approached in real world settings. It will also involve workshops (2 or 3 hours) where students will develop different material to use in their strategic plan report.


Task Length % of module mark
Group report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Individual essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will be provided with written feedback on their assessment in accordance with the University’s Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time.

Indicative reading

Sharpe, B., A. Hodgson, G. Leicester, A. Lyon, and I. Fazey. 2016. Three horizons: a pathways practice for transformation. Ecology and Society 21(2):47.

Other reading material will be provided throughout the module, linked to the appropriate sessions on the VLE.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.