This seminar based module involves small group discussion covering a range of current and emerging scientific challenges around environmental science and management. The module is assessed with a popular science article and participation in the seminars.
Module will run
Autumn Term 2021-22
This module aims to broaden the students’ perspectives through engaging them critically with current research in environmental science. 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 skills.
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 participate in discussions
The ability to summarise a body of work and produce a concise summary highlighting the critical findings.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Popular Science article
Special assessment rules
Additional assessment information
Two workshops will support the popular science article assessment.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Reassessment: Popular Science article
Written feedback on the popular science article will be delivered individually within four weeks of submission.
All research papers that are discussed within the seminars will be uploaded onto the VLE site for this module.