GEOU1PE: People and the Environment

CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Colin Bull (Room 4B156, Ext. 7869)
CONTRIBUTORS: Dr Richard Tipping

This unit will focus on the interactions of people with their environment and will introduce the idea of looking at the environment as a holistic working system.  We will examine specific environmental issues, both past and present and will consider the science underpinning current management.  Socio-economic and political influences that have shaped our interactions with the environment will be considered. The course will focus on the historical and current patterns of human use of food, energy and water resources, and the issues facing the future management and sustainability of their use.

Three members of staff will cover the following areas:

  1. Environmental history and food resources,
  2. Environmental resources and sustainability in the 20th century
  3. Global water resource use and management.

In addition to the taught lectures, two practical sessions will be provided during the course, one in the computer lab and one as a field based session. These sessions will compliment the lecture material and learning outcomes by enabling students to collect and manipulate relevant environmental datasets. The practical sessions will introduce students to the importance of fieldwork, data collation, analysis and presentation of results.  

There are three pieces of assessed work for this course:
1. Main essay (30%) 
2. Practical report (20%)
3. End of semester test (50%)

Students taking GEOU1PE will acquire knowledge in how humans interact with their environment and gain skills in collecting, evaluating and presentation of environmental data. Skills will be gained in field working, data analysis, group working, essay writing and information collection and evaluation.

The course text for GEOU1PE is: Wright, R. T. & D. F. Boorse. 2011. Environmental Science: Towards a sustainable future.  Eleventh Edition. Pearson.

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