Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The "Geoscience and Society" module develops an awareness of the essential contributions of geoscience to the economic, environmental and cultural needs of Society. It contains four main sections: "Georesources and Society" investigates the sustainability of energy and mineral resources (oil, gas, coal, geothermal; platinum, copper, gold, etc.) and other associated issues (radioactive waste disposal, CO2 sequestration, 'fracking'). "Geohazards and Society" studies the human impact of geological phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and subsidence."Geoscience and Health" examines topics such as asbestos, heavy metals and radon and diseases related to geology. "Geodiversity and Geoconservation" examines the designation and maintenance of sites important to geoscience (World Heritage, Geoparks, SSSIs, RIGS), together with their place in planning and public understanding of geoscience.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-20037/lists
Develop an awareness of the essential contributions of geoscience to the economic, environmental and cultural needs of society.
Intended Learning Outcomes
critically evaluate, communicate effectively and apply awareness of geoscience challenges in resource exploration and exploitation, geohazards, geodiversity management, and their impact on society: 1,2,3communicate effectively and apply awareness of the contribution of geoscience towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3assess and communicate effectively geoheritage condition status and develop geoconservation management plans: 2
Lectures / Workshops 50 hoursVirtual Fieldwork 8 hoursPrivate study 92 hours
1: Assignment weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
5 minute presentationSubmission of Sway file link and five minute audio file on geological resources.2: Portfolio weighted 40%
Poster for geoconservation site; geoheritage site documentationGeoheritage site condition monitoring and management plan proforma completion; site display board poster (2000 words equivalent combined).3: Report weighted 40%
Geoscience and Society ReportReport on the importance of geoscience on one (or more) of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (2000 words)