Environment and Development

Year Two, Semester One

Course Code: GY2151

This module will provide you with an opportunity to explore and understand critical, interlinked issues of development and the environment at multiple scales, ranging from the global to the local. From the emergence and evolution of post war development thinking to community-based resource management, indigenous knowledges and grassroots resistance, the module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of some important contemporary challenges. It will draw on diverse case studies and geographical contexts, for example India, Kenya, Mongolia and Canada, to illustrate and explore these themes, with particular emphasis on the links between theory, policy and practice and their implications for livelihoods and environments.  At the end of the module you should be able to demonstrate your knowledge and critical understanding of a range of perspectives on environment and development issues.  This will include the ability to understand:

  • the contested nature of ‘development’ and 'environment' in theory and practice;
  • the importance of taking a historical perspective for understanding contemporary development divides;
  • the complex impacts of contemporary ‘development’ on different spaces and places and environments;
  • the contested dimensions of environmental governance with particular reference to climate change.


Assessment will be by:

  • Essay (50%)
  • Examination (50%)

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