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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Dmitri Mauquoy

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

Lecture Programme Week:

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

(i) Report (50% of the final mark)

(ii) Seminar (25%)

(iii) Online assessment (25%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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