HIS-30145 - Extinction: Existential Panic since 1945
Coordinator: Benjamin Anderson Tel: +44 1782 7 33611
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module aims to stretch students' abilities to synthesise complex interdisciplinary knowledge through critical analysis, in order to better explain and understand the existential crises that came to a head in the mid-1980s, and continue to structure global politics, society and culture today. Students will also be confronted with complex problems such as scale, temporal imagination, memory, and environmental injustice to account for the different stories of extinction panic and their (non-) resolution.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Critically investigate the role of global political languages in local campaigns, protests, or controversies: 1,2
Describe and contextualise the major existential panics of the late-twentieth century, and explain their distinctiveness in comparison to earlier apocalyptic thought: 1,2
Integrate and synthesise knowledge from different disciplines, including geography, environmental science, politics and film studies: 1,2
Produce meaningful and concise analysis for a public audience: 2
Constructively critique environmental movements and campaigns from perspectives of, for example, environmental inequality, deep ecology, race or gender: 1

Study hours

Ten, two-hour seminars = 20 hours
Ten one-hour online workshops = 10 hours
Seminar preparation = 60 hours
Assessment preparation and completion = 60 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 70%
2,500 word essay.
Students will be asked to complete an essay on a particular environmental controversy, campaign, protest or movement. Exact questions to be agreed with module convenor.

2: Group Presentation weighted 30%
Group Panel Podcast.
This will be a group presentation in the style of a pre-recorded 'panel podcast', with one student posing as the chair in groups of 3-5, on a debate related to one of the topics on the module. Total length c. 7.5 minutes per person. This is an audio only assessment, though students may film themselves speaking if they wish. With the agreement of all students involved, the best podcasts will be placed on the Extinction public blogsite: https://www.keele.ac.uk/extinction/