Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC3117: Environments in Public
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
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:
- Contemporary histories of environmentalism and green philosophies.
- Environmental imaginaries: pasts and futures.
- Roles of the public sphere, mass media and environmental communication
- Campaigning: environmental social movements and NGOs
- Environmental publics, citizenship and participation.
- Science-policy interfaces: the role of knowledge
- Environmental governance: conceptual frameworks and instruments
- Global environmental issues: scale, expertise and experience.
These conceptual lenses will be used to help students investigate and understand substantive topics in environmentalism such as air pollution, water, waste, land management; biodiversity, energy and climate change.
In addition, a dedicated ELE site will provide students with links to key texts and lecture materials.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||22||11 x 2 hour lecture+seminar sessions|
|Guided independent study||60||Reading|
|Guided independent study||38||Assignment preparation: conducting research, critical analysis of literature & media content, and writing the case study|
|Guided Independent Study||30||Groupwork; preparation of video and writeup|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
For mass media sources, check the Library resources at http://libguides.exeter.ac.uk/az.php?t=24641
Box of Broadcasts, Gale News Vault and Nexis are particularly useful databases that can help you get past online paywalls!
Web of Science enables you to search for content in the major academic journals. You can find further information at: http://www.library.ex.ac.uk/guides/essentials/wos.pdf
Google scholar is also useful, particularly for finding open access copies of material not available through the library: http://scholar.google.co.uk
If you have any further questions please consult the Library staff.