Global Environmental Issues introduces students to some of the fundamental aspects of both historical and contemporary global environmental issues. Students will be required to explore a range of areas relating to sustainable growth and the connection between social justice and environmental issues within the context of ethical and moral frameworks. Seminars link the various topics and provide a platform for further discussion of the issues and strategies to assist students develop their written and oral communication skills.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise the underlying fundamental principles and terminology of sustainability and the environment;  
  2. Explain the interconnectedness between actions and lifestyles and their impact upon a range of environmental factors in developed and less-developed countries and local and global perspectives;  
  3. Articulate and debate a variety of environmental issues with a sense of self-confidence and tolerance toward others with differing points of view and different cultural perspectives; and  
  4. Question their own lifestyle in relation to various environmental issues.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Persuasive Assignment (750 words) 20%
Test 3 x Quizzes, 10% each during seminars 30%
Project Debate (20 minutes) 30%
ICT (Wiki, Web sites) Blog (minimum of 3 blog entries, minimum of 150 words each) 20%

Required reading

Living in the environment 19th ed.
Miller, G. T. & Spoolman, S., (2018)

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