Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3095: Environmental Knowledge Controversies

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module provides an applied introduction to environmental policy conflicts and state-of-the-art ideas for their resolution. In taking a close look at the scientific evidence base on conflictual environmental policy issues, you will come to understand how science is a socially constructed endeavour. You will be able to understand the challenges of producing consensual policy on issues that have a disputed evidence base, and which consequently polarise society.  

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the role of science in the governance of environmental issues
2. understand, evaluate and critically apply a range of concepts and theories on the science-policy nexus to the governance of environmental issues
3. identify and evaluate different methods for reconciling democracy with expertise, and critically assess their contribution
Discipline-Specific Skills4. find, read, use and critically analyse secondary data relevant to specific issue areas
5. construct rigorous political arguments
Personal and Key Skills6. demonstrate in-depth understanding of the processes through which knowledge is socially constructed.
7. work independently to produce coursework to deadlines
8. communicate effectively and to evaluate critically in your written and oral work
9. work in a small team to plan and execute a mock citizen conference