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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2097: Environment and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction: Nature and the Environment in Science and Technology Studies 
  • GM Foods 
  • Climate Controversies and Consensus 
  • Un/natural disaster 
  • Scientific Uncertainties and Environmental Health 
  • Wilderness Discourses and Social Natures 
  • Environment and Social Justice 
  • Making Species: Natives, Aliens and Endangered 
  • Biodiversity: Concepts, Discourses and Practices 
  • Experts, Laypeople and Other Animals 
  • BSE Crisis – a British Example of “Risk Society”

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity22The module will be taught a combination of lectures and seminar based discussions, meeting for two hours each week. It is essential that students complete all assigned readings before class and be prepared to discuss them in class.
Guided Independent study66Readings for seminars
Guided Independent study62Researching and writing the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).