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Course Overview

This course delves into the environmental changes that have occurred since the end of the last ice age 14,000 years ago (the Lateglacial and the Holocene). We will explore the evidence used to reconstruct past environments from proxy records preserved in archives such as peat bogs and the ice cores that suggest that climate and environmental conditions have been far from stable. Our discussion of the evidence will show that the Lateglacial and Holocene are characterised by a series of major but short-lived climatic oscillations as well as permanent transformations as a result of increasing pressure as human population has developed.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tim Mighall

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

Lecture Programme Week Lecture Practical/seminar 30. Introduction to Quaternary environmental change (2 hours) 31. Dating methods 1 Practical 32. Rapid climate change Practical 33. Rapid climate change Practical 34. Lateglacial vegetational patterns Practical 35. Holocene vegetational patterns Practical 36. Human-environment interactions in the British Isles Practical 37. Human-environment interactions in the wider North Atlantic Practical 38. Dating methods 2 x2 hours 39. Environmental change and the future Seminar 40. Environmental change and the future Seminar 41 Summary and Revision session x2 hours

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%) written report of laboratory work. Resit: A resit for this course is not normally available until the following academic year.

Formative Assessment

Verbal feedback will be given to students after the completion of the practical classes but before they write up their final report based on the data generated in the practicals.


Further feedback (written and verbal) on students' reports will be provided, both verbally in class prior to the end of year exam, and by written feedback sheets for the reports.

Course Learning Outcomes


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