GoverningSociety & Environment
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones
This module looks at changing approaches to governance that have occurred over the last fifty years. We consider changes in both social and environmental governance – discussing for example, welfare reform and public service provision, as well particular aspects of natural resource management, like water privatisation. We focus in on the rise of what has been described as a ‘neoliberal approach’ to governance, which is associated with an increasing emphasis upon market-led approaches, a rise in privatization and the devolution of controls and responsibility away from central government. The module explores the history and rationales behind these changes, along with the consequences. Here we explore a range of global case-studies, seeking to evaluate what forms of governance are most effective, and on what terms. For example, is nationalised or privatised, or community-led, provision of services more effective, equitable and environmentally sound? We will discuss the changing role of the State and non-State actors, alongside the different forms of power and social behavioural changes that have become evident across society. Resistance, opposition and alternatives to such changes will be also be covered – including social movements in Europe and Latin America. The module will introduce students to key concepts from social-theory and political-ecology, enabling them to better link questions of social, political and environmental change.
Key topics will include: • Characteristics of neoliberal governance and ‘Neoliberalism’ • Different rationales for changing approaches to governance (across social and environmental issues) • Different approaches to securing power • Changing social norms and behaviours • The interface with environmental change, governance and politics. • Key concepts from social theory and political ecology to explore the above
Case studies to explore the different dimensions and impacts of governance change including: • Privatisation – of resources such as water, energy and social housing • Welfare reform • Deregulation and devolvement of State power and responsibilities (e.g. for environmental protection) • Commodification and the creation of new markets e.g. ‘ecosystem goods and services’ • The rising influence of the financial sector in new areas (e.g. food markets and agricultural securities). • New enclosures – including forms of contemporary land grabbing. • Resistance – how and why neoliberalisation is being contested and rejected.
In addition to the above, evidence of substantial reading from a variety of sources (e.g. books, journal articles and research reports), and advanced knowledge of recent developments in the subject. Advanced critical evaluation of concepts and case studies. Elegant and flowing presentation, with flair for subject.
Be able to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the different forms of social and environmental governance.. Presentation of appropriate examples to demonstrate the political-economic, socio-cultural and environmental processes involved and their impacts upon society and the environment. Basic application of key concepts from social theory and political-ecology to evaluate relevant case-studies.
Clear understanding and thorough knowledge of the different forms of social and environmental governance. Highly structured, accurate and relevant descriptions of appropriate examples to demonstrate the political-economic, socio-cultural and environmental processes involved and their impacts upon society and the environment. Critical evaluation of concepts and case studies. High standard of presentation. Evidence of reading and knowledge of recent developments in the subject.
Identify the characteristics of, and reasons for, changing approaches to social and environmental governance, since the early 1980s.
Describe the major imperatives, benefits and constraints of a ‘neoliberal approach’ to governance.
Critically evaluate appropriate case studies to demonstrate changing approaches to social and environmental governance.
Apply key concepts from social theory and political-ecology to evaluate the impacts of changing approaches to governance on society and the environment.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
6 x 2 hr seminars
Private and guided self-study
1 x 2 hr workshops
9 x 2 hour lectures
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- 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
- Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
- 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
- Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
- Awareness of the concepts of spatial and temporal scale in understanding processes and relationships.
- Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
- Apply appropriate techniques for presenting spatial and/or temporal trends in data.
- Preparation of effective maps, diagrams and visualizations.
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-3017.html
Rhagofynion a Chydofynion
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- L700: BA Geography year 3 (BA/GEOG)
- L702: BA Geography (4 yr with placement) year 4 (BA/GEOG4)
- L701: BA Geography (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/GEOGIE)
- F801: MGeog Geography year 3 (MGEOG/G)
- F805: MGeog Geography with International Experience year 4 (MGEOG/GIE)
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- F800: BSC Geography year 3 (BSC/GEOG)
- F806: BSc Geography (4 yr with placement) year 4 (BSC/GEOG4)
- F802: BSc Geography (with International Experience) year 4 (BSC/GEOGIE)