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IR4552 The Politics of the Environment

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:10.00 am Thu

The module provides students with an understanding of environmental discourses and covers key aspects of theory and practice. Students are introduced to a range of issues and will have an opportunity to explore and discuss these within small tutorial settings. The module will include a comparative element and will address timely issues such as climate change, biodiversity and water security. A distinct feature of this module will be the use of 'real world' student contributions: seminar papers, 'chaired' discussions and policy briefing essays.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005 and IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A Brown
Module teaching staff:Dr A Brown