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
Summer Term 2021-22
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:
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
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
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.
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