KE7004 - Themes in Sustainable Development

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about contemporary debates in Sustainable Development from so-called developed and developing world perspectives. This serves as an essential foundation to learning about disasters and their relationship to development. The module starts by covering concepts, interpretations and principles of sustainable development. We will look at the global institutions, conferences and landmark contributions to the sustainability debate (policy and practice). You will then focus on the developing world to learn about approaches to poverty alleviation, livelihood enhancement and natural resource management. Some conceptual frameworks in this field will be covered in depth. Finally the module explores the problems in urban industrial societies.

This module provides an excellent foundation to employment in the development sector, for example by enabling you to better understand the different roles of various organisations and sectors in the development process. Providing an opportunity to develop the key skills of giving oral presentations and writing a logical, reasoned argument as well as applying theory to practice will prove valuable in terms of enhancing employability.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, presentations, independent learning and directed tasks. The lectures will cover theories and concepts, case study material, key exemplars, and module staff’s own research. Seminars are designed to allow you to explore these issues in greater depth through discussion, especially around academic papers suggested by tutors. At least one seminar will involve students leading a discussion on a paper they have read. Materials will be provided for independent and guided learning via the eLP. Presentations enable you to delve into an issue that interests you in greater depth.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support from the module tutors is available for essay and presentation preparation. Additional support is available for students who have not studied in the UK before or have been out of academic studies for some time. There will be interactive discussions with staff in seminars as part of formative support/feedback in preparation for assessments but support will primarily be available via the open door policy. Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.
The eLP will provide access to on-line resources including interactive reading lists.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: Critically evaluate principles, practice and policies relating to sustainable development in the context of the developed and developing world
• MLO 2: Critically apply environment and development frameworks and concepts to everyday realities and practices in poorer contexts.
• MLO 3: Critically review and assess the key issues in environment and development

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 4: Demonstrate advanced presentation skills in oral and written form
• MLO 5: Construct an academically rigorous, clear, logical and reasoned argument in the form of an essay

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 6: Demonstrate deep cultural sensitivity and a critical appreciation of value of indigenous knowledges relative to western hegemonic knowledges and practices

How will I be assessed?

Formative feedback on the tasks that are assessed through the assessments will be available to students before submission / presentation.

The summative assessments for this module are a 2500 word essay (70%), addressing MLOs 1, 2 and 5. This will give students an opportunity to iron out any problems with writing skills, developing an argument and comprehension of key theories and concepts. A ten minute oral presentation per student (30%) which addresses MLOs 3, 4 and 6 will help students improve their presentation skills.

Summative assessment is provided by written feedback on the essay, and verbal and written feedback on the presentation.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

You will learn about contemporary debates in sustainable development including concepts, interpretations and principles of sustainable development. We will look at the global institutions, conferences and landmark contributions to the sustainability debate (policy and practice). You will then focus on the developing world to learn about approaches to poverty alleviation, livelihood enhancement and natural resource management. Some conceptual frameworks in this field will be covered in depth. Finally the module explores the problems in urban industrial societies and ways of addressing such problems. This is a research/ enquiry based and research tutored module involving lectures and engaged discussions around topical themes. The assessment for the module is a ten minute presentation and a 2500 word essay.

Course info

UCAS Code L7T6

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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