People, Place and Environment - GEOG3001

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Daisy Emoekabu checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

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 2,000 words (50%)
Examination, 2 hours (50%).

Reassessment instrument: 100% coursework (3000 words)

*Exams will be in-person*

Indicative reading

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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