What you will study
The module will help you understand how social science perspectives can change the way we see and intervene in the major environmental challenges of our time. It provides a ‘tool kit’ of social science themes and concepts, skills and approaches that will help you take the social aspects of environmental issues seriously in future studies and in life more generally. Your studies will explore relationships between environment and society through the concept of entanglement, which emphasises the inherently interrelated nature of environmental and social issues. Alongside this, you'll learn about the concept of geographical imagination, enabling you to trace, map out, analyse and interpret the environment-society entanglements central to understanding contemporary environmental and social challenges.
The main module concepts of entanglement and geographical imagination are explored through each of the six blocks. After the introductory block, the cultural, economic, social, and political dimensions of environment-society issues are explored in turn. The module concludes by providing an opportunity to consolidate and review your learning, bringing together themes, concepts and case studies from across the module.
Each of the six blocks also develops a key academic skill (description, interpretation, investigation, analysis, evaluation, and consolidation) through the central focus on engaging critically with multiple forms of evidence. A key part of this are the Virtual Fieldwork activities in each block. Each of these activities focuses on a specific case study related to the themes of the block and the key academic skill for that block. You'll be provided with a range of different types of evidence from maps, newspaper articles and reports to video interviews with experts and people directly affected by the issues explored. This is designed to develop your skills as an independent researcher.
Your skills and knowledge will be developed through five tutor-marked assessments (one for each of the first five blocks) and, in the final consolidation block, a revision-oriented interactive computer-marked assessment and an end-of-module assessment. At the end of the module you'll have a clear understanding of what social science perspectives contribute to understanding and intervening in environment-society issues, as well as a skills set of real value in both academic and vocational contexts.
The activities and assessments in this module are designed to develop transferable skills that can be useful in a variety of workplace settings, especially those related to understanding and responding to contemporary social and environmental issues.