GEOGG013 Environmental Knowledges

Academic Year

Andrew Barry, Tatiana Thieme and Seth Gustafson

Programme Term Running

Available to Affiliate Students

Available to External Students

Course Aims
- To introduce students to the social and geographical study of environmental knowledge
- To foster understanding of a range of contemporary approaches to the study of environmental knowledge, including theories of the risk society, co-production, actor-network theory, and techniques of counter-mapping and controversy mapping.
- To encourage critical understanding and reflection on a series of key issues in the study of environmental knowledge, including risk, regulation, toxicity and waste,
- To introduce a range of approaches for mapping environmental knowledge controversies.

Course Content
This module explores the complex and contested knowledge practices at the heart of contemporary environmental science and politics, examining how social scientists have contributed to understanding the processes of environmental knowledge production, consumption and articulation. The module is divided into three sections.

- The first introduces the relationship between nature, environment and government.
- The second examines a series of key topics, including waste, repair and counter-mapping.
- The third section examines the dynamics of environmental knowledge controversies and introduces students to a variety of techniques for mapping such controversies.

The module consists of lectures, films, readings and discussions based upon preparation and presentations by students.

Form of Assessment
The course is assessed through one piece of coursework, an extended book review exploring the role of environmental knowledges in contemporary environmentalism. Students are also required to keep a reading diary. This is not formally evaluated but is assessed for formative feedback.

Last Updated: Wed 15 Feb 2017