Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3117: Environments in Public

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following:

-       Contemporary histories of environmentalism and green philosophies.

-       Environmental imaginaries: pasts and futures.

-       Roles of the public sphere, mass media and environmental communication

-       Campaigning: environmental social movements and NGOs

-       Environmental publics, citizenship and participation.

-       Science-policy interfaces: the role of knowledge

-       Environmental governance: conceptual frameworks and instruments

-       Global environmental issues: scale, expertise and experience.

These conceptual lenses will be used to help students investigate and understand substantive topics in environmentalism such as air pollution, water, waste, land management; biodiversity, energy and climate change.

In addition, a dedicated ELE site will provide students with links to key texts and lecture materials.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2211 x 2 hour lecture+seminar sessions
Guided independent study60Reading
Guided independent study38Assignment preparation: conducting research, critical analysis of literature & media content, and writing the case study
Guided Independent Study30Groupwork; preparation of video and writeup

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

For mass media sources, check the Library resources at http://libguides.exeter.ac.uk/az.php?t=24641

Box of Broadcasts, Gale News Vault and Nexis are particularly useful databases that can help you get past online paywalls!

Web of Science enables you to search for content in the major academic journals. You can find further information at: http://www.library.ex.ac.uk/guides/essentials/wos.pdf

Google scholar is also useful, particularly for finding open access copies of material not available through the library: http://scholar.google.co.uk

If you have any further questions please consult the Library staff.