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UB: Global Environmental Issues (ENVS20002)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelExchange (Level 2)
Subject codeENVS20002
April - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This module examines the conflict between increasing use of natural resources, growing environmental degradation and population increase. It considers the difficulty in distinguishing human impacts from natural environmental changes, and examines a number of specific environmental issues relating to `the Water Crisis’, `Environmental Hazards’, `The Human Impact’, `The Urban Environment’ and `The Atmosphere’. The module provides the background to studying environmental problems by exploring the historical context and the significance of the global population increase. A series of units then examine themes including water, hazards and environmental change. A second set of units examines the human impacts on the environment in more detail, considering the effects on high latitudes, the urban environment and explores global perspectives on environmental degradation in relationship to the atmosphere.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the module the students should be able to:

  • Understand the social and economic forces driving global environmental change;
  • Have a basic understanding of selected environmental hazards;
  • Recognise the nature of short-term and long-term human impacts on the environment;
  • Be familiar with the distinctive problems associated with the urban environment;
  • Assess the literature to reach objective judgements on the significance of selected global environmental issues

Last updated: 9 November 2018