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Current Research in Environmental Geography - ENV00073M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Katherine Selby
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This seminar based module involves small group discussion covering a range of current and emerging scientific challenges in the field of environmental geography. The module is assessed through two pieces of coursework (press release and scientific poster).

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module aims to broaden the students’ perspectives through engaging them critically with current research in environmental geography. Through discussion in small groups, students will be able to develop their existing knowledge in relation to emerging research areas, critically appraise current research via debate and discussion and relate research to its scientific, political, economic and societal context. As well as developing the students’ skills in critical appraisal, this module also aims to enhance their communication and leadership skills as a different student will chair the session each week.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of today’s environmental problems and place them into a wider context.
  • Critically engage with and discuss academic articles and environmental reports.
  • Express verbally and in writing a critical understanding of contemporary environmental problems
  • Apply knowledge of concepts to the critical evaluation of research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches
  • Ability to lead/chair group discussions
  • The ability to summarise a body of work and produce a concise summary highlighting the critical findings.


Task Length % of module mark
Poster Presentation
N/A 60
Press Release
N/A 40

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Students are given the opportunity to submit a formative press release during week 3. A workshop is scheduled at the end of week 3 where students peer-review each others press releases and discuss their feedback in relation to the marking criteria.


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

Module feedback

The formative press release is peer-review and discussed within a timetabled feedback session.

Written feedback on the summative press release and summative poster will be delivered individually.

Indicative reading

All research papers that are discussed within the seminars will be uploaded onto the VLE site for this module.

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.