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Low Carbon Futures-Field trip - ENV00089M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Ioan Fazey
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

The module involves a fieldtrip including a visit to a low carbon living community development where students can explore the social, technical and political making of low carbon places.

There are no additional charges associated with the field component of this module.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The module aims to develop an understanding of the geographical and socio-political dimensions of low carbon transitions. The module emphasises the need to critically assess pathways to transitioning, including carbon governance and the wider implications for social and ecological futures. The module involves a fieldtrip including a visit to a low carbon living community development where students can explore the social, technical and political making of low carbon places.

Module learning outcomes

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

Subject content:

  • Critically evaluate the linkages/disconnects between social, spatial, cultural and political aspects of low carbon futures.
  • Analyse the various competing approaches to envisioning and enacting low carbon futures
  • Critically analyse the driving forces and impacts of policy and practice relating to low carbon transitions

Academic and graduate skills

  • Undertake independent learning and work in a way which ensures continual professional development
  • Critically engage in the development of professional/ interdisciplinary boundaries and norms of scholarship on low carbon management.
  • Undertake independent/self-directed decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Build on previous field experience by allowing greater specialisation in subject matter, by working in an unfamiliar environment and increasing independence in designing and carrying out field investigations
  • Develop advanced skills to record, interpret and present data.
  • Practice inductive and deductive scientific methods.
  • Identify and define complex issues and apply appropriate knowledge to their solution


Task Length % of module mark
2500 word project report
N/A 80
In situ data collection technique
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on the report will be delivered individually (4 week turnaround).  Feedback on in-situ evaluation of data collection technique will be given orally straight away; written feedback will be delivered within 4 weeks.

Indicative reading

Giddens A (2009) The Politics of Climate Change (London: Polity)

Hulme, M. (2009). Why We Disagree about Climate Change: Understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity(Cambridge University Press).

Urry J (2011) Climate Change and Society (London: Polity)

Walker, G. and Cass, N. (2007) Carbon reduction, ‘the public’ and renewable energy: engaging with socio-technical configuration. Area, 39, 458-469.

Walker, G., Cass, N., Burningham, K. and Barnett, J. (2010) Renewable energy and socio-technical change: imagined subjectivities of ‘the public’ and their implications. Environment and Planning A, 42, 931-947.

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.