GGH3207 Sustainable Cities
The aim of the module is to explore the challenges of sustainable urban growth in contemporary cities, in the UK and internationally. A key focus is understanding how spatial planning and urban governance can tackle sustainable development and climate change challenges in an increasingly urban world. Using geographical concepts, these issues will be explored through case studies and good practice from a range of cities.
GGH3208 Citizenship, Territory and War
As Brexit, climate-change protests and national independence movements demonstrate, politics and geography matter. Using contemporary case studies, this module explores the geographies of citizenship, territory and war. We identify and discuss varied forms of spatial governance, from local to national, maritime to global, as well as exploring contemporary processes and ideologies that challenge these forms.
GGH3209 Living Landscapes
This module introduces students to the geographic study of landscape. The module considers everyday practices of living in landscapes in terms of the construction of identity, memory, and power; how such landscapes come to be portrayed through a variety of media, including film, literature, and music. The module expands students’ understanding of the forms that landscapes can take and the complexity of living therein.
GGH3210 Environmental Politics and Governance
This module explores the main concepts and forces shaping environmental politics and governance. It examines how science, ethics, interests and power influence environmental debate and decision-making, using case studies of climate change, energy, deforestation, air pollution, marine protection and Antarctica to interrogate how governments and other actors have strived to address global to local environmental challenges.
GGP3204 Biological Conservation
This module examinee the pursuit of biological conservation. Drawing on a wide range of case study material, in temperate and tropical, terrestrial and aqueous environments, the module examines the drivers and rationales for biological conservation, and the role of stakeholders, policies, legislation and practices in achieving it.
GGP3205 Global Climate Change
This module is concerned with climate and environmental change in the past, present and future. Different timescales of climate change and their potential mechanisms are examined in detail. We critically review the process of future climate change prediction and review societal response options.
GGP3207 Desertification and Dryland Change
Drylands comprise 47% of the world’s land surface, and are home to well over 2 billion people. Although there tends to be a perception of drylands as barren, dead landscapes, these environments are environmentally dynamic, complex and highly sensitive to change on a very diverse range of timescales. This module focuses on the physical dynamism of desert landscapes through the lens of land degradation in the 21st century.
GGP3208 Restless Landscapes and Resilience
The earth’s surface has been shaped throughout its history by rapid-onset natural processes. With large human populations now occupying many landscapes vulnerable to such geohazards, understanding high-magnitude, low-frequency natural events is crucial. This module explores geophysical and hydrological hazards, how geomorphology assists in understanding them and how communities can build resilience to them.
GGX3203 Work Based Learning in Geography
This module provides an opportunity for work based learning. Students work with an appropriate host organisation for a minimum of 100 hours, engaged on activities relevant to geographical skills, knowledge and expertise.
GGX3204 Big Data & Spatial Analytics
This module provides an overview of advanced spatial analysis concepts and facilitates practice of data processing and management skills. Data manipulation through programming is introduced and the concept of big data is presented. Themes and practice around the acquisition, processing, analysis, visualisation and application of big data are explored, drawing on examples from across the natural and social sciences.