Climate change and Environmental Politics
Rhedir gan School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
This module will explore the relationship between climate change and society and will offer a timely sociological analysis of the climate crisis we are currently facing. This interdisciplinary module will engage students with various theoretical and multidisciplinary approaches (sociology, social policy, geography, environmental sciences, history) to analyse societies' relationships with their surroundings and the natural world to develop students’ critical and analytical ability to contextualize people’s relationship with the natural world from a historical-contemporary perspective, enabling them to form cohesive and constructive arguments in response to contemporary socio-environmental issues, policies and debates. The module also aims to demonstrate the important role sociology has in resolving the current climate and extinction / biodiversity crisis, by analysing the possible solutions for developing a more sustainable global future.
..The module may cover a range of topics such as: • Introduction to Environmental Sociology; • History of Environmental Sociology; • Capitalism and environmental exploitation; • Knowledge and power; • The economies of globalization; • Citizenship, civic local and global empowerment; • Identity and democracy; • The rise of environmental politics and movements; • Global governance and the environment; • Migration and climate crisis; • The legacy of mass extinction; • The environment and mental and physical well-being; • The Green New Deal; • Towards a sustainable future.
Threshold = D- - D+ - The student must demonstrate some ability to critically evaluate academic text; demonstrate some historical understanding; show the ability to engage with the topic in a factual, evidence-based way; presenting their work logically and clearly.
Students in the higher band of C- to C+ must demonstrate some ability to critically evaluate academic text; demonstrate some historical understanding; show the ability to engage with the topic in a factual, evidence-based way; presenting their work logically and clearly.
Excellent = A- - A* - The students must demonstrate the ability to examine and critically evaluate a wide range of academic texts; demonstrate a sophisticated sociological understanding of climate change from an historical to contemporary contextual; show a clear understanding of key theoretical perspectives; present their arguments in a logical, evidence-based and well communicated manner and demonstrate good analytical skills.
Good = B- - B+ - The students must demonstrate the ability to examine and evaluate a range of academic texts; demonstrate a sociological understanding of climate change and from an historical to contemporary context; to demonstrate the ability to summarise some of the main theoretical perspectives; to present their work in a logical, evidenced-based and clear manner and demonstrate analytical skills.
Demonstrate a mature contextual understanding of events and attitudes in terms of an historical context in line with Level 6 standard of work.
Demonstrate a clear and articulate understanding of the key sociological theories of climate change in line with Level 6 standard of work.
Demonstrate an analytical critical understanding of environmental sociology and the sociology of climate change in line with Level 6 standard of work.
Demonstrate the ability to identify a range of key sociological, environmental, political, economic and policy literature in line with Level 6 standard of work.
Display the ability to critical analysis and critique texts and the ability to construct coherent evidenced-based arguments in line with Level 6 standard of work.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
The module will consist of two hourly weekly workshops, delivered via a multi-method teaching approach that incorporates a range of teaching strategies (lectures, class discussions, examining texts, case-studies, videos/documentaries, radio clips, group work, debates etc), adopting the active learning strategy, where students are encouraged to actively participate in the workshops.
During private study, students are expected to conduct preparatory reading / research for the proceeding workshops and for their their assessments.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
- Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Articulacy in identifying underlying issues in a wide variety of debates.
- Precision of thought and expression in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems.
- Clarity and rigour in the critical assessment of arguments presented in such texts.
- The ability to abstract and analyse arguments, and to identify flaws in them, such as false premises and invalid reasoning.
- Ability to formulate and investigate sociologically informed questions.
- Appreciate a range of research designs and strategies and how they may be applied to sociological investigations.
- Competence to carry out a piece of sociological research using either primary or secondary data, or both.
- Be able to recognize how social data and sociological knowledge apply to questions of public policy.
- Use the theories and concepts of social policy and other social sciences to analyse policy problems and issues
- Undertake either on their own, or in collaboration with others, investigations of social questions, issues and problems, using statistical and other data derived from research publications.
- Analyse and discuss social policy and related issues distinguishing between normative and empirical questions
- the ability to formulate and investigate sociologically informed questions
- competence in using major theoretical perspectives and concepts in sociology, and their application to social life
- the capacity to analyse, assess and communicate empirical sociological information
- the ability to identify a range of qualitative and quantitative research strategies and methods
- the ability to conduct sociological research
- the ability to undertake and present scholarly work
- the ability to understand the ethical implications of sociological enquiry
- the ability to recognise the relevance of sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy.
- Develop a sound appreciation of the variety of theories that comprise the discipline of social policy and how these impact on social policy interventions
- Develop a knowledge and expertise with respect to a range of evidence-based policy making and practice.
- Develop a sophisticated understanding of the processes of social policy analysis and evaluation.
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/sxu-3131.html
Buckingham, Susan and Turner Mike (eds) (2008) Understanding Environmental Issues London: Sage.
Beck, Ulrich (2005) Risk Society. London: Sage Publications.
Carter, Neil (2018) The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Castles, Stephen and Davidson, Stephen (2000) Citizenship and Migration: London: Palgrave.
Cox, Kevin R. (1997) Spaces of Globalization. London: The Guilford Press.
de Gaaf, Nan Dirk (2019) Societal Problems as Public Bads. London: Routledge.
Humphrys, John (2001) The Great Food Gamble. Burry St Edmunds: Coronet.
Klein, Naomi (2019) On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal. London: Allen Lane.
Irwin, Alan (2001) Sociology and The Environment. Cambridge: Polity Press
Klein, Naomi (2017) No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics. London: Allen Lane.
Stiglitz, Joseph (2002) Globalization and its Discontents. London: Penguin Books.
Journal: Environmental Sociology. Taylor and Francis
Human Geography: https://hugeog.com/
Nature Climate Change: https://www.nature.com/nclimate/
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Opsiynol mewn cyrsiau:
- X315: BA Childhood and Youth Studies and Sociology year 3 (BA/CYSS)
- LL13: BA Sociology/Economics year 3 (BA/ECS)
- LL2B: BA Sociology & Economics (4 yr with Incorporated Foundation) year 3 (BA/ECS1)
- LQ3J: BA English Lang. & Sociology year 3 (BA/ELSOC)
- V100: BA History year 3 (BA/H)
- V10F: BA History [with Foundation Year] year 3 (BA/HF)
- 8B03: BA History (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/HIE)
- V10P: BA History with Placement Year year 4 (BA/HP)
- V140: BA Modern & Contemporary History year 3 (BA/MCH)
- V130: BA Mediaeval and Early Modern His year 3 (BA/MEMH)
- VV15: BA Medieval & Early Modern History with International Exp year 4 (BA/MEMHIE)
- LP33: BA Media Studies and Sociology year 3 (BA/MSSOC)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 3 (BA/SEL)
- LV31: BA Sociology/History year 3 (BA/SH)
- LQ31: BA Sociology/Linguistics year 3 (BA/SL)
- LVH2: BA Welsh History/Sociology year 3 (BA/WHS)
- LQ35: BA Cymraeg and Sociology year 3 (BA/WS)
- V102: MArts History with International Experience year 3 (MARTS/HIE)
- V101: MArts History year 3 (MARTS/HIST)