ESC-30018 - Global Environmental Change
Coordinator: Alix G Cage Tel: +44 1782 7 33177
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23

The Earth's environment has been constantly changing throughout the history of the planet, and continuing change will have a serious impact on human activity. However, our understanding of how the environment changes is incomplete, and thus our ability to predict and adapt to future change is limited. This module aims to examine the key issues and debates surrounding global environmental change throughout the Quaternary period. In particular, it aims to highlight the relationships between global environmental change and the characteristics of the Earth's surface processes and landscapes, and to recognize the contested and limited nature of knowledge in this very dynamic subject.

Aims
This module aims to examine the key issues and debates about global environmental change. In particular, it aims to highlight the relationships between global environmental change and the characteristics of the Earth's surface processes and landscapes, and to recognise the contested and limited nature of knowledge in this very dynamic subject.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-30018/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

critically evaluate the literature surrounding key issues and debates in global environmental change: 1,2
explain how past climate and environments are reconstructed using their knowledge of Quaternary Science methods: 1,2
select, analyse and interpret Quaternary Science data to produce a reconstruction of past environmental change: 2
critique the role of climate upon the Earth's physical landscape and processes: 1,2
appraise the role of humans and nature in past, modern and future climate scenarios: 1,2
debate the contested and limited nature of knowledge in the discipline of global environmental change: 1,2

Study hours

In situ laboratory sessions - 22 hours
Additional Drop in clinics - 2 hours
Guided independent study (including approximately 22 hrs of asynchronous material and coursework preparation) - 126 hours

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Critique weighted 50%
Conversation-style communication piece
A Conversation-style communication piece (approximately 1,500 - 2,000 words) that explores key concepts of recent and future climate change and persuasively communicates them to a wider audience.

2: Paper weighted 50%
Report in style of journal manuscript
This assessment is a report in the form of a journal manuscript (~2,500 words comprising an abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and reference list) which will address an aspect of Quaternary Science reconstruction (topic areas will be provided). Students will use geochronology and proxy data generated/presented during practical classes to produce a Quaternary Science reconstruction paper which will be underpinned by a thorough literature review and discussion/interpretation section. The report will require engagement with the literature and promote critical thinking through contextualisation of their data with other studies. The methods section will improve understanding of Quaternary Science techniques and the results section will engage the student in data analysis skills which will help address the identified data management/numeracy skill gaps within the Environment sector (NERC LWEC report, 2012).