AD1085: Perspectives on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 60hr(s) Directed Study (directed learning with online programme materials and video lectures); 24hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussion); 65hr(s) Other (self-directed reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To understand the difference between natural and anthropogenic climate change and strategies for mitigation and adaptation. To introduce issues associated with sustainable development and related socio-economic policy and approaches. Teaching links to SDGs 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Module Content: Introduction to socio-economic and socio-political perspectives on the environment, climate change and sustainable development, including resource conflict and environmental inequalities.
To introduce the approaches and role of IGOs, the state, NGOs, and civil society within sustainable development and for environmental justice.
Students will learn in contextualised manner with relevant applied explanations and case studies, the importance and role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Compare the various methods of international policy intervention as it relates to Climate Change.
  • Examine various issues affecting a society, which can make it more susceptible to violence and conflict.
  • Define and discuss fundamental concepts of environmental economics.
  • Explain the key strands of environmentalism and their implications for policy interventions.
  • Describe the main processes driving climate change and climate modelling.
  • Discuss the possibilities for sustainable development in terms of planning.
  • Explain the linkages between social and economic change and climate change drivers.
  • Communicate sustainability issues to a scientific / non-scientific audience.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (3 x Blog entries (module themes), 55 marks; 1 x 1,000 word Presentation, 50 marks; 1 x 1,500 word Case study, 75 marks; Online Presentation Activities, 20 marks.).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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