Modiwl DXX-3800:
Coping with a Changing Planet

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Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr Simon Willcock

Amcanion cyffredinol

The world is changing faster than ever before – natural resources are being depleted, land use is rapidly changing and climate patterns are shifting. This module explores the different dimensions of our changing planet and how humans can adapt to such changes. The interdisciplinary module will introduce key concepts from natural science and social science. Alongside theory, the module will introduce practical skills in computer modelling, enabling potential adaptations to be tested.

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Key topics will include:

  • Environmental change and its drivers – including land use change, climate change, and tipping points.
  • Ecosystem service – the interface between people and the nature.
  • Livelihoods and coping strategies
  • The laws of migration
  • Push-pull-mooring migration theory.

Computer practices to explore the different dimensions and impacts of coping with a changing planet, including:

  • Changing Livelihoods
  • Urbanisation
  • Segregation
  • Migration
  • Social networks

Meini Prawf

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Grade B- to B+ In addition to the above, demonstrate an ability think critically about the interactions between people and the environment and be able to suggest strategies for adapting to environmental change. Such strategies should be supported with highly structured, accurate and relevant descriptions of appropriate examples linking social science theory (i.e. livelihoods & migration) with natural science theory (i.e. ecosystem services & tipping points). High standard of presentation. Evidence of reading and knowledge of recent developments in the subject.

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Grade D- to C+ Be able to demonstrate, with few factual errors, knowledge of environmental change and discuss their impacts on livelihood strategies. Basic application of the key concepts of the laws of migration and push-pull-migration theory.

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Grade A- and above 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, showing an ability to analyse and synthesise arguments and information. Elegant and flowing presentation.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. To be able to identify and critically evaluate different livelihood strategies and adaptation strategies to environmental change.

  2. To be able to effectively apply case studies to accurately evaluate the laws of migration.

  3. To be able to create and adapt simple computer models.

  4. To be able to describe the major drivers of global environmental change and its impacts.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
TRAETHAWD Individual Essay 40
LLAFAR Group presentation 20
ARHOLIAD Exam 40

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Oriau
Study group

Group study in preparation for the Group Presentation assessment

20
Practical classes and workshops

10 * 2 Hours

20
Private study

Reading time, forums, preparing and taking assessments

140
Lecture

10 * 2 Hours

20

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
  • Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
  • Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.

Adnoddau

Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr

Students will be encouraged to access appropriate text provided in the library, and to install NetLogo on their personal computer. However, NetLogo is open-access and will also be provided on computers within the School.

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Recommended reading includes:

  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) "Ecosystems and human well-being: biodiversity synthesis." World resources institute, Washington, DC 86
  • De Haan, Arjan. "Livelihoods and poverty: The role of migration‐a critical review of the migration literature." The journal of development studies 36.2 (1999): 1-47.
  • Raleigh, C., Jordan, L. and Salehyan, I., (2008) Assessing the impact of climate change on migration and conflict. In Paper commissioned by the World Bank Group for the Social Dimensions of Climate Change workshop, Washington, DC (pp. 5-6).
  • Adger, W. N., Huq, S., Brown, K., Conway, D., & Hulme, M. (2003). Adaptation to climate change in the developing world. Progress in development studies, 3(3), 179-195.

See the slides for further (more up-to-date) reading. Hyperlinks to all papers reference in the lectures will be available on the slides.

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