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Environment, Culture and Society

MSc (Full Time)

UCAS Code:none
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Credit Points:180
Director of Studies:Dr CFJ Waterton

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • To provide students with an in-depth knowledge of  empirical examples of specific contemporary environmental issues relevant to the study today of environmental change.
  • To develop in students a thorough understanding of the academic and intellectual debates in the histories, theories and cultures of environmental change.
  • To develop in students an ability to analytically examine the interconnections between empirical, historical and conceptual understandings of key contemporary environmental issues.  
  • To develop in students a critical understanding of the relationships developed between civil society, science and environmental policy.
  • To provide students with a vibrant learning environment which combines traditional forms of delivery with more student-centered and problem based learning.
  • To develop students’ study skills and ability to conduct independent research, including the selection of methodology, theoretical concepts, collection, analysis and presentation of data.  
  • To give students the opportunity to engage with relevant professionals outside Lancaster Environment Centre and the Sociology Department including expert guest speakers in academia, industry, government, NGOs, creative industries and research institutes.

General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Apply conceptual and theoretical arguments in the discussion of issues relating to environmental change and society.
  • Synthesise material from a broad range of relevant areas in addressing specific questions about the processes and implications of environmental change for different societies and cultures.
  • Identify and apply appropriate methodologies in the context of research on environmental change and its impacts on society.   

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
On successful completion of this scheme of study students will...

  • A broad based understanding of the societal and theoretical debates and concepts relevant to the study of environment, culture  and society.
  • Knowledge of how these debates currently frame the scope and direction of research on past, present and future environmental changes and their impacts on global society and environment.
  • An ability to design and undertake research at an advanced level which explores interconnections between practical and empirical case-studies and socio-cultural and theoretical approaches to understanding  environmental change.
  • A strong understanding of the philosophy and history of research methodologies used to undertake the study of environmental change.
  • In-depth and critical understanding of academic research on a range of specialist selected issues and an appreciation of the interconnectivity between different elements of the environment, culture and society.

General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
On successful completion of this scheme of study students will...

  • Undertake research in a rigorous and ethically sound manner (when considering human subjects).
  • Demonstrate a self-reflexive approach to learning.
  • Effective written and oral communication of subject based knowledge and academic and research skills.
  • Problem identification and solving.
  • Effective organisation and presentation of material and ideas in different formats.
  • Management of deadlines and targets.
  • Independent learning.
  • Effective group working skills

Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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Compulsory Modules

LEC.501  Dissertation Project

GEOG400  Research Methods

SOCL521b  Environment and Culture

SOCL931b  Researching Technoscience

SOCL.944  Interdisciplinarities: Environment, Culture and Society

Optional Modules

Select THREE optional modules, following approval from your DoS.  Your number of credits across core and optional modules must total 180 (185 is acceptable).  You should aim to balance your taught modules across each term OR take more in the earlier term.

BIOL420  Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change

ECOL414 Habitat Management

ECOL419 Wildlife Monitoring Techniques

ENV.408  Modelling Environmental Processes

GEOG410  Perspectives on Environment and Development

GEOG413  Geoinformatics

GEOG414  Environmental Management

GEOG415  Environmental Justice

GEOG 416 Environmental Auditing

GEOG421  Sustainable Water Management: Concepts, Governance and Practice

GEOG422  Disaster Management

LEC.429  Climate Change and Society

LL.M5212  International and Environmental Law

LL.M5238  Environmental Law

SOCL527b  Ecology, Conservation and Culture

SOCL.907  Social and Cultural Theory

SOCL930b  Policy, Publics and Expertise

SOCL.943  Capitalism and Crisis

LEC.440  Numerical Skills (unassessed module to be taken as required)


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