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GG3274 Socio-ecological Systems

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Offered on a two-year cycle.
Planned timetable:9.00 am - 11.00 am Tue

This module examines how we can use records of the past to understand human-environment interactions over the timescales on which climate change plays out. It will present key concepts and theories for understanding the complex dynamics of socio-ecological systems, and illustrate how careful consideration of palaeoenvironmental, archaeological and historical data can be used to understand how past societies coped with climatic stresses and managed finite resources. We also consider how knowledge of the past can inform current and future thinking about social resilience and conservation management. The module uses case studies from the Old and New Worlds, including North Atlantic, Pacific Islands, and the African savanna.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Geography

UG Pre-requisite(s):(GG2011 and GG2012) or (SD2001 and SD2002)
UG Anti-requisite(s):SG3272

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1-hour seminar (x 10 weeks).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 176

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 A Davies
Module teaching staff:Dr A Davies and Dr R Streeter