Module Catalogue 2024/25

GEO1005 : Environmental Issues (Inactive)

GEO1005 : Environmental Issues (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Seb Pitman
  • Lecturer: Professor Andrew Henderson, Dr Mark Kincey, Dr Nick Cutler
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

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This module introduces key concepts in geography, earth science and environmental science. It encourages reflection on the natural and human processes affecting and affected by the global natural environment. Strategies for prevention and mitigation of a range of environmental issues will be presented.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Environmental issues: overview of environmental science and Earth’s physical system
2. Ecological principles, conservation management
3. Environmental degradation: global environmental change, pollution, waste
4. Natural resource security: terrestrial and water resources, energy
5. Climate change: Earth's climate system, past present and future climate change
6. Human societies: human population, ancient civilisations, geopolitics

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module you will be able to:

1. Describe and evaluate key environmental issues, by drawing on environmental and Earth science principles, assessing competing arguments, and acknowledging the role(s) played by science in monitoring, prevention and mitigation.
2. Describe and evaluate key inter-relationships between the environment and human activities.
3. Identify the contributions that geographers can make to environmental study.

This module introduces key concepts in Geography and Earth and Environmental Science. It encourages reflection on the natural and human processes affecting and affected by the global natural environment.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Use of Earth science principles and ecosystem concepts to analyse environmental change.
2. Use of space/time models to understand the nature of environmental problems and solutions.
3. Ability to evaluate competing arguments and approaches to environmental problems drawing both on natural (Earth science, environmental science) and social (economic, political, ethical) considerations.
4. Critical analysis of media/web coverage of environmental issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:0022 hours of lectures and 3hours of online lecturing.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities52:0010:00Formative exercises to scaffold coursework Assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00Coursework surgery, feedback sessions, and revision session. Can be delivered virtually if required.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1157:00157:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1021Environmental Issues (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
GEO1022Environmental Issues (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching is mainly delivered via comprehensive, well-illustrated and up-to-date lectures, backed by widely available texts, and by use of media sources. This delivers a new intellectual milieu and new ways of thinking (e.g. the ecosystem concept, the Anthropocene), but also new responsibilities to take a critical approach to science/society interaction. Three coursework exercises - in the form of problem-based learning exercises - will be used to reinforce the lecture content, encourage engagement with the scientific literature, and develop study and team-working skills. The coursework assessment will be supported by short, formative assessments (undertaken as guided independent study).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination602A50Canvas quiz
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Environmental Issues (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)1N/A
Environmental Issues (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The computer assessed exam test understanding of key concepts used throughout the course. The exams comprise a variety of short-format question types, to test knowledge, understanding and application of the material covered by the module.

The practical report introduces students to handling data pertaining to key environmental issues and analysing it for trends.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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