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· Six themes that reflect current theory and practice in the interface between ecology and society; these are explored through structured in-class activities that challenge you to consider problems and evidence from different perspectives.
· Guest lecturers from anthropology, human geography and philosophy increase your capacity for self-reflection and awareness of ethical and moral issues embedded in problems that are often framed as ecological.
· Four short discussion essays are required; you will get detailed feedback for improving your writing skills.
· Weekly student-led discussions allow you to develop your capacity for attentive exchange, informed argument and reasoning, and skills in facilitating discussion.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
The aim of this module is to examine aspects of interface of ecology and society and to explore aspects of environmental sustainability. In the course we will examine these questions:
1) Given how our world is changing, do we need to change how we do science? ; 2) How does science influence policy? How do we consider the impact of research?; 3) What are the challenges and opportunities for interdisciplinary work?; 4) What characterises resilient, flexible and adaptable socio-ecological systems and what are the messages for ecologists?; 5) How and why is the public being encouraged to participate in science?; 6) What is good practice in relation to communicating science to the public?.
In the course students will:
Four short discussion essays are required; you will get detailed feedback for improving your writing skills.
Weekly student-led discussions allow you to develop your capacity for attentive exchange, informed argument and reasoning, and skills in facilitating discussion.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
Assessment is based on one-page discussion essays based on set papers (70%), participation in discussions and tutorials (5%) and performance leading a discussion (25%).