Environmental Sustainability - GEOG3004

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 4 15 (7.5) PROF D MacMillan checkmark-circle


Economic growth and consumerism are threatening our planet and the future of human kind. This module provides a comprehensive introduction to environmental sustainability, using a strongly interdisciplinary approach based on environmental science and economics. In Part 1, we define environmental sustainability and explain how environmental sustainability can be assessed in relation to renewable resources, non-renewable resources and pollution. We consider the main threats to environmental sustainability such as climate change, pollution and resource exploitation and how they arise from the economic-environmental system. In Part 2, we explore environmental threats and issues in more detail focusing on issues such as species extinction, deforestation, climate change, and fossil fuel burning. Throughout Part 2 we actively consider potential solutions to current global economic and environmental crises for example, through the development of green technology, renewable energy, resource efficiency, recycling of materials, and green infrastructure.


This module appears in the following module collections.


BA Environmental Social Sciences; BSc Wildlife Conservation; BSc Human Ecology

Method of assessment

Essay (1000 words) (25%)
Group Report (1500 words) (15%)
Group Presentation (10%)
Examination, 2 hour (50%).

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 discuss the relationship between the environment and economy
8.2 discuss the fundamentals of economic theory with reference to the use and management of natural resources
8.3 discuss the distinctive characteristics of natural resources from an economic perspective and how this impacts on their conservation and management.
8.4 discuss the role of government intervention in promoting sustainable management of natural resources


  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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