MSc Environmental Governance / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Planning for Environmental Change
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Planning and Environmental Management|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This module considers the drivers, pressures and impacts of environmental change and evaluates the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of responding to the negative consequences of human intervention in the environment, as well as the opportunities presented by an endeavour to design for a regenerative future. Issues are explored within the context of the Greater Manchester city region as well as through international examples. Topics will include:
- The nature of environmental concern
- Understanding the root causes of environmental change
- Theories and politics of sustainability
- Climate change adaptation; planning and decision-making tools
- Challenges of long-term planning for sustainable energy
- Ecological design and the circular economy
- Urban greenspaces and Green Infrastructure
- Landscape dynamics and the management of change
- Decision making and complexity – post normal science and community engagement
- Explore the linkages between environmental change, environmental justice and sustainable development
- Understand the complexities associated with planning for phenomena that are dynamic and often poorly understood, and gain skills in navigating these complexities
- Explore the synergies and conflicts between the theories and practices aimed at responding to environmental change
- Develop an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of environmental planning practices, and push the frontiers of what that practice could be
Teaching and learning methods
A high degree of critical analysis will be encouraged, building on both the theory and practice of planning for environmental change. Lectures will introduce a range of perspectives, creating a theoretical basis for critical thought and application of the ideas developed in the course to different areas of practice. A high degree of student engagement with the learning process will be encouraged through interactive workshops and discussion.
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand the dynamics of environmental change
- Understand the linkages between environmental change, environmental justice and sustainable development
- Understand how complexities and uncertainties affect the strategic basis for environmental planning
- Critically appraise different environmental planning responses
- Situate different environmental planning responses within the broader context of sustainable development
- Be able to evaluate the possible dimensions of environmental change of actions and projects
- Be better prepared to plan responses to environmental change in a variety of contexts
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Develop ability to write professional reports
- Demonstrate an awareness of the key players in environmental planning and their roles
- Demonstrate a reflective attitude towards professional practice in environmental planning
Assignment 1: Essay Length: 2000 words, Weighting: 40%
Assignment 2: Critical report length: 3000 words, Weighting: 60%
Written feedback will be provided within 15 working days of assignment submission.
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|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||8|
|Independent study hours|
|Joanne Tippett||Unit coordinator|