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Equitable and Sustainable Futures 3: Inequalities, Change and Hope - ENV00053H

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Friend
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

The module will adopt a global perspective to explore the relationships between inequalities and environmental change and associate issues of poverty, vulnerability and wellbeing in ways that allow for identifying pathways for positive change.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules: 

Equitable and Sustainable Futures 1: Sites of Global Change (Yr 1)

Equitable and Sustainable Futures 2: Power and Place in the Global South (Yr 2)


Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

In this module we will develop and apply conceptual frameworks to analyse the environmental dimensions of inequalities and social (in)justice bridging global and local perspectives. The module will provide familiarity with the theories, issues and debates addressing the drivers of inequality, and the different ways in which inequality and associated issues of poverty, vulnerability and wellbeing are assessed and addressed in policy and practice. The module will pay particular attention to the influence of global environmental change and draw on real world experience to promote positive change.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a capable student will be able to:

  • Undertake detailed interpretation and analysis of inter-related aspects of inequality and environmental change.

  • Analyse, synthesise and apply key theoretical concepts addressing inequalities and environmental change.

  • Critically analyse drivers of inequality and environmental problems and identify ways of addressing them

  • Be an effective communicator to academic, professional and lay audiences


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback will be provided on assessment in accordance with the University’s Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time

Indicative reading

Chant, S., and McIlwaine, C., (2008). Geographies of Development in the 21st Century: An Introduction to the Global South. Edward Elgar.

Nunan, F., 2015. Understanding poverty and the environment: analytical frameworks and approaches. Routledge

Vandana Desai; Potter, Rob, eds. (2014) The Companion to Development Studies, 3rd ed. London: Routledge

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.