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MO3314   History of Environmentalism: The Politics of Nature in the Western World (c. 1800 to Present)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

Recently, a number of people have suggested that the post-Cold War era should be recognized as 'the Age of the Environment'. The scale and pace of human-generated environmental change, which has occurred in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, is historically unprecedented. This module explores the roots of modern environmentalism through an examination of environmental change and the cultural responses to it. Key texts from the USA and Britain provide a focus for analyses of the political, religious, and scientific beliefs that have shaped relationships with nature. Principally, this module provides an intellectual and political history of modern environmentalism from the eighteenth century to present.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr J Clark