Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3255: Deliberating the Environmental Emergency. The Citizens Assembly Module

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

Overview

NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Alice Moseley (Convenor)

Dr Lise Herman (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

none

Co-requisites

none

Available via distance learning

No

Over the past few years, the environmental emergency has become a central concern for youth strikers, activists and the general public, concern which in turn has captured media attention and sparked political responses. New forms of democratic engagement are emerging, such as the citizens’ assembly – a ‘mini public’ - whereby lay citizens are invited to formulate policy recommendations to governments on issues of public controversy. These have been in existence for around 15 years and more recently been advocated by Extinction Rebellion in connection with the climate emergency. This module takes an experiential learning approach, in which you acquire skills and knowledge about deliberative public engagement – a form of participatory democracy – by taking part in a student based citizens’ assembly, and engaging in critical reflection of the process. This unique experiential and transdisciplinary module will offer you tools to understand the scientific and political ramifications of this ongoing crisis. The module does not require any prior subject specific knowledge.

Module created

19/02/2020

Last revised

19/02/2020