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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 the world we currently live in. 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.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||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 GG15XX to explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to address “what comes after”. No prior knowledge is assumed.
Through a combination of lectures and small group teaching students will engage with the following thematic content:
The course will be assessed by completion of in-course assessments and a final written exam.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
2 x Individual Report (33.33% each)
Written Exam (33.33%)
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Factual||Understand||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.|
|Conceptual||Evaluate||Demonstrate the importance of approaching these issues from an interdisciplinary, yet spatio-temporal perspective.|
|Factual||Evaluate||(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.|
|Conceptual||Understand||Introduce students to contemporary geographical issues surrounding the Anthropocene (both Physical and Human geographical perspectives) of global, regional and local scale and significance.|
|Conceptual||Analyse||Appreciate the inter-relationships between components of the worlds natural and cultural systems that produced the Anthropocene and explain the processes behind them.|