Module title: Environment, Politics and Society

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC09104
Module leader: Kiril Sharapov
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


2020/1, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kiril Sharapov
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-6: Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Students are taught in one two hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial each week. Tutorial work is interactive, and is based on the lecture material and on readings distributed at the start of the semester. There is at least one session taken by experts in other related fields, or from environmental pressure groups.

Formative Assessment:
2 components:
(a) A theoretical application and analysis tutorial which requires selection of a key concept used in the study of environmental politics, and peer to peer discussion of these concepts and their limitations in small groups. Students will present their analysis to the class for discussion.
(b) An essay plan feedback tutorial during which students will have the opportunity to bring a 1 page plan of their essay for one-to-one feedback from the lecturer. This tutorial session will also include a workshop on report writing to make clear what the expectations are for this type of assessment.

Summative Assessment:
LOs 1-2: Summative assessment of an individual e-poster based presentation, which analyses a case study of an environmental conflict of the student’s choosing, due in week 10. The poster presentation assesses the first part of the course.
LOs 3-5: Summative assessment in a final essay of 2,500 words, week 13, where one question must be chosen from a list of questions relating to part two and three of the course.
LO 6 is horizontal and is covered in both assessments.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1, 2 & 6 10 HOURS= 0.10, WORDS= 0
Essay 70 3,4,5 & 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module consists of three parts. The first part examines the relationship between “environment”, “politics” and “society” and looks at different ways of understanding environmental problems as well as different actors involved in policy-making on environmental concerns. The second part focuses on international environmental politics and traces the evolution of global cooperation and debates from the 1970s onwards. The third part of the module examines the complex issue of climate change, paying particular attention to the role of science and international cooperation on climate change, using EU-China relations as a case study.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
L.O.1 Understand different interpretations of what constitutes an “environmental problem”
L.O.2 Critically reflect on the role of different actors involved in environmental politics
L.O.3 Apply and evaluate key concepts used in environmental politics at the national and international level
L.O.4 Debate the impact of North-South relations on global environmental politics
and critically assess the positions of different countries
L.O.5 Develop an understanding of power relations in environmental politics
L.O.6 Demonstrate a development of skills in critical thinking and forming/communicating arguments

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC09104 Environment, Politics and Society