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SCX8000 : Facing up to Climate Change: Tackling Climate Change through solution focused multi-disciplinary collaboration

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Qianqian Qin
  • Owning School: School X
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 30 student places

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


The aim of this module is to:

1.       provide students with a foundational knowledge of climate change and a critical understanding of sustainable climate action.
2.       bring students together from across Newcastle University's disciplines to tackle climate change challenges and start to develop impactful climate action responses
3.       provide the opportunity for students to engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration, supporting them to develop interdisciplinary approaches, appreciate climate action from diverse perspectives and hear from some of the latest climate change related research, actors and actions.
4.       support students to understand that every discipline has a connection to climate change, and to be able to bring this learning back to their own disciplines and future careers.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will be delivered in a blended format, to make accessible to students across the University.
Students will engage in interactive, project -based, learning activities that will support collaborative and negotiating skills. This approach is designed to help students to make impactful change on climate crisis

The syllabus will include four key themes:
1.       The Scientific Evidence and Impacts of Climate Change
2.       The Policies, Politics and Economics of Climate Action
3.       People and Planet: Social and Ethical Challenges
4.       Measuring, Monitoring and Methods

A fifth theme covers a range of case studies and projects that provide insights to Climate Change Mitigations and Adaptions at a range of scales, both locally and internationally.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Present in person (5 in semester 1 and 5 in semester 2) including 2 evening guest lectures/ one each semester
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials102:0020:00Asynchronous content (additional lecture materials and flipped learning activities designed to support in person lectures)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Seminars (Online). Online webinars (1 per semester)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities62:0012:00Asynchronous structured learning activities designed to support scheduled online seminars (webinars)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Seminars (face to face). 2 seminars per semester (designed to support cross-disciplinary group work and problem-based learning)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork210:0020:00Students co-curating and documenting the field trip in each semester
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity210:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity52:0010:00"Working Parties". Students working in small teams to address an identified Problem
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity16:006:00Group oral presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Following self-assessment Drop-in sessions will be offered each semester.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study168:0068:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk22:004:00Module talk at outset to present module/ icebreaker sessions to build module community Module talk at the end to discuss learning and module experience with students.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will deliver foundational knowledge that students will require. Seminars will give context for deeper exploration of lecture content and a forum for questions from structured guided learning activities.
Working parties will provide a context for interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange where students will, in semester one, scope out a distinctive challenge and, in semester two, generate and evaluate impactful approaches.
Field trips will be scheduled early in each semester to engender inter- and intrapersonal skills and foster a sense of community.
Structured guided materials will allow students from different disciplinary areas to develop knowledge and skills at their own pace.
Drop-ins will support the development of intrapersonal skills and reflection.
At the final presentation the students will also participate in discussion of the outcomes of other working parties in the presence of a panel of experts.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2A40An individual critical reflective piece. Approx 1500-2000 words.
Oral Presentation2M40One mark will be awarded per group with students agreeing the mark weighting (at a mid-point in the semester). Approx 10 mins
Research proposal1A20Project proposal. This is a Team submission. Approx 3000-4000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be assessed on a personal reflective portfolio that captures and provides evidence of
• their learning across both semesters (content)
• their critical reflection on the lectures and seminars from the context of their discipline
• their critical reflection on the experience and outcomes of the group project work
• their ability to identify additional subject-specific learning resources that inform both the group work and demonstrate a commitment to continued learning in climate change
• A critical reflection on the module contents relationship to the UNSDGs

The formative portfolio submission at the end of semester 1 will provide feedback to inform student’s final portfolio submission.

Students will also be assessed on a Final Group Presentation in terms of
• coherence and level of sophistication of argument embodied in the project
• accessibility of project’s argument and outcomes to the defined audience
• evidence of multi and interdisciplinary outcomes
• A critical reflection on their team project's relationship to the UNSDGs

Reading Lists