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GG1001 Welcome to the Anthropocene: Society, Population, Environment

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 7
Planned timetable:Lectures: 11.00 am Tue, Wed, Thu and tutorials: 11.00 am Mon or Fri

As the global population speeds past 7 billion, mounting evidence about resource depletion and climate change, and global economic inequality and social injustice, suggests current human development is unsustainable and that we are now living in the "Anthropocene" - an era in which human activity has, for the first time, become the dominant driver of environmental processes, and is causing unprecedented global change. The module shows how Geography, a discipline that draws on knowledge that spans the social and natural sciences and the humanities, is uniquely placed to understand our changing world. Its combination of lectures and tutorials are relevant to students across the University.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Single Honours, Joint Honours and 'with' Degrees in Geography and for Sustainable Development

UG Modules required for:GG1002 and GG2011

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 lectures (x 10 weeks) + 3 x 2-hour laboratory, 5 x 1-hour tutorials, and 1 x 4-hour fieldtrip during the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 45
  • Guided independent study: 155

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr T Cowton
Module teaching staff:Team taught