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This course reflects upon the role humans have played in creating the Anthropocene (the epoch we are now living in), a time period during which human actions have become more significant than natural processes in shaping our world. Drawing primarily upon perspectives from physical and human geography, the nature of the changes, “how did we get here?”, are considered, laying the foundations for GG1512, in which “what comes after?” – how contemporary society is attempting to tackle Anthropocene challenges – is debated.
|First Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
This course will reflect on how humans created the Anthropocene, the epoch we are now living in, a period during which human actions and activities have become as, if not more, significant than natural processes in shaping the current and future world. It will interrogate “how did we get to where we are?”. This sets up an opportunity for students who take GG1512 to explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to address “what comes after?”. No prior knowledge is assumed.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
2 x Individual Report (33.33% each)
Written Exam (33.33%)
Resubmission of failed coursework components usually permitted, but with mark capped at CGS D3/9. Contact course coordinator.
There are no assessments for this course.
|Demonstrate the importance of approaching these issues from an interdisciplinary, yet spatio-temporal perspective.
|Appreciate the inter-relationships between components of the worlds natural and cultural systems that produced the Anthropocene and explain the processes behind them.
|Upon completion of the course, be able to describe some of the interlinked ways in which the Anthropocene challenges are manifest at a variety of temporal and spatial scales.
|Introduce students to contemporary geographical issues surrounding the Anthropocene (both Physical and Human geographical perspectives) of global, regional and local scale and significance.
|(i) be able to synthesise complex concepts to explain why the Anthropocene arose and (ii) use a range of techniques to identify, analyse and communicate Anthropocene-related challenges.