This module provides a comprehensive introduction to people, place and the environment. In the first half of the module we explore this relationship through the lens of contemporary environmentalism. We consider how environmental issues are framed and managed by different societal stakeholders (such as policy makers, scientists, the media, activists) and introduce a series of core concepts of relevance to contemporary environmental management, including sustainability, resilience and environmental economics. In the second half, we explore the broader social and spatial dynamics that govern how the relationship between people, place and the environment takes shape, including urbanisation and the rise of mega-cities, the changing role of regional blocs and nation states, and changing geographies of gender, class, and ethnicity.
Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150
Compulsory to the following courses:
• BSc in Human Geography
• BA in Environmental Social Science
• BSc in Wildlife Conservation
Also available as an elective module
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods:
Essay 2500 words (50%)
Examination, 2 hours (50%).
**Please note that the exam in May/June 2023 will be Online (24 hour window)**
Reassessment instrument: 100% coursework (3000 words)
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages: https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Understand and characterise the changing relationship between people, place and environment from different interdisciplinary social science perspectives.
2. Demonstrate shifts in environmental debates across government, business and civic society, and the associated management of environment issues.
3. Critically engage with and understand the complexity of sustainable development issues.
4. Understand the changing roles and relationships between people, place and environment at a range of spatial scales including locality, nation states and regional blocs and more generally in the context of globalisation.
Back to top
Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
- The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.