This module aims to broaden the students’ perspectives through engaging them critically with current research and issues in marine conservation and exploring how best to communicate such findings to a variety of audiences.
Module will run
Autumn Term 2019-20
This module aims to broaden the students’ perspectives through engaging them critically with current research and issues in marine conservation. 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. This module also aims to enhance communication and leadership skills as different students will chair the session each week. There will also be a focus on communicating marine conservation research and issues to a wider audience through the preparation of a press release, popular article and mock media interviews. Students will also visit a marine aquarium to view and discuss first-hand how marine conservation issues are presented to the general public.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students will be able to:
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of emerging research and issues in the field of marine conservation.
Undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge and be able to communicate the outcome effectively.
Synthesise information in a manner that utilises knowledge or processes from the forefront of the discipline/practice.
Apply knowledge of concepts to the critical evaluation of research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches.
Engage confidently in academic and professional communication with others, reporting on action clearly, autonomously and competently.
Present written and visual work and oral discourse in a concise, accurate and engaging manner, clearly communicating the results of their research findings and conservation issues appropriately to a given audience.
Improved understanding of current research in marine conservation
Ability to critically appraise research
Ability to lead/chair group discussions
Ability to prepare press releases conveying key research findings to the media and general public
Ability to prepare popular articles suitable for communicating conservation messages to a general audience
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Popular article
Essay/coursework Press release
Special assessment rules
Additional assessment information
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Essay: 2000 words
Individual written feedback will be provided on the summative press release and popular article. General feedback on the module will be provided via the VLE. There will be dedicated feedback session on an initial formative press release.