ESC-20037 - Geoscience and Society
Coordinator: Ian Stimpson Room: WSF01 Tel: +44 1782 7 33182
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

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.

Develop an awareness of the essential contributions of geoscience to the economic, environmental and cultural needs of society.
Reflect on the aspects of geoscience that relate to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

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: 2
communicate effectively and apply awareness of the contribution of geoscience towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals
: 2
assess and communicate effectively geoheritage condition status and develop geoconservation management plans: 1

Study hours

45 Active learning hours
- 29 hours scheduled synchronous class activity (20 lecture; 8 workshop; 1 field)
- 16 hours structured engagement with online material
105 hours independent study
- 10 research and completion of Sway formative assessment,
- 15 research and completion of geoconservation site monitoring form,
- 25 research and completion of report
- 20 writing up lecture notes
- 35 background reading

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Audit weighted 40%
Geoheritage site documentation
Geoheritage site condition monitoring and management plan proforma completion to an authentic professional template (approximately 1500-words equivalent).

2: Report weighted 60%
Geoscience and Society Report
Report on the importance of geoscience to three specified UN Sustainable Development Goals (2000 words)