GG1901 - The Earth in Crisis? Understanding Current Global Environmental Issues

Academic year

2022 to 2023 (Semester 2)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 7

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Only available to those enrolling on the MA Combined Studies or already enrolled on the MA/BSc General degree taken in the evening.

Planned timetable

Thu, 6.30 - 9.30 pm

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module Staff

Various Tutors from the School of Geography and Sustainable Development

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module explores the geographical dimensions of a range of current social and environmental issues. It will draw on topics such as anthropogenic climate change, the exploitation of natural resources, the varied influence of population dynamics, political upheaval, and economic processes, and the implications of these issues for the future of both the global environment and human societies, particularly in the context of sustainable development. Through various examples this module seeks to unpack the causes and consequences of such crises and proposes and debates possible solutions. The range of issues selected for consideration in any year will be dependent on staff availability.

Relationship to other modules


You cannot take this module if you take GG1002

Assessment pattern

100% Continual Assessment


100% Continual Assessment

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

1 x 2.5-hour session: lectures and seminars.