Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC3117: Environments in Public
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
This module aims to introduce environmentalism and sustainability as developing processes of public communication, campaigning and social change since the mid-20th C. In so doing, it aims to introduce key scientific, philosophical and theoretical debates on the environment, alongside real-world developments in environmental governance. It will equip students with the key skills to help critically evaluate scientific and political claims about environmental issues made in mass media coverage and the wider contemporary public sphere. The primary context will be the UK and the European Union, but with a perspective that is mindful of global environmental debates.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the origins and development of contemporary environmentalism.|
2. critique and evaluate how environmental issues have been framed in public and policy arenas
3. critically analyse the roles and perspectives of multiple actors and positions in environmental controversies.
4. display knowledge of the complexities of environmental governance across multiple sectors and scales.
5. evaluate critically public initiatives to tackle environmental problems
6. recognise the difficulties of achieving meaningful environmental debates and collective decisions about action
|Discipline-Specific Skills||7. think critically, analyse debates and present coherent arguments about socio-environmental issues|
8. critically evaluate the effectiveness of and barriers to environmental action.
9. investigate, analyse and understand processes of contestation in the modern public sphere via lobbying, mass media, public engagement and policy formation.
|Personal and Key Skills||10. evaluate ideas and contemporary public debates.|
11. demonstrate critical media literacy skills search for, contextualize and evaluate mass media content
12. present written material in a clear, coherent and accessible manner
13. learn how to work effectively in a group to produce a short film or podcast and evaluate others performance.
14. contribute productively and co-operatively to group discussions