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GD107 - Global Sustainable Development (GSD) Project

  • Module code: GD107
  • Module name: Global Sustainable Development (GSD) Project
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module requires students to engage actively in understanding the real-life application of the theories they studied in their first year modules. The problem we investigate is the High Speed 2 rail line (HS2): this is obviously a broad area of study, and one that has a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data to be examined / critiqued. The module aims to provide students with opportunities to examine in depth the Economic, Environmental and Social arguments that have been advanced in relation to the case. In this respect the module’s aim aligns with the Quality Assurance Agency’s advice that: “ “Pedagogical approaches that are particularly effective in the context of education for sustainable development tend to have an authentic aspect, enabling students to relate their learning to real-life problems and situations” (June 2014). The module also aims to strengthen the research skills of students, though a combination of assessed online activities, taught workshops, and an assessed reflective journal and viva on the process of completing the group project. In groups led by an academic supervisor, each group of 4-5 students will formulate one question for in-depth investigation to produce an output (the format of which can vary) and a presentation to a public forum.

Principal learning outcomes

Upon completing this module you will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge: ◾understanding of the Economic Case for HS2 and of the counter-arguments presented against it; ◾knowledge of, and practical engagement with, the social perspectives and attitudes towards HS2; ◾understanding of the environmental arguments and counter-arguments presented in relation to HS2; Upon completing this module you acquire the following skills: ◾developing research questions that deconstruct a major problem; ◾formulating hypotheses and testing them using the most appropriate method; ◾being able to discriminate between different types of evidence, and to evaluate them using scientific criteria; ◾undertaking field research including: archival searches, conducting interviews, managing focus groups; ◾making recommendations to policy-makers and communicating them in an appropriate forum.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 x 1hr workshops 5 x 40 minute project supervisions 1 half-day field visit 3 x 1hr invited lectures 1 half-day poster presentation

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Other essential notes

This 15 CAT module is running in Term 2 in 2017-18. The module is not available to students from outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD107-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 25%
Assessed Course Work 15%
Assessed Course Work 10%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development (C1L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Psychology and Global Sustainable Development (C8L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development (L1L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development (L2L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Global Sustainable Development (L3L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Global Sustainable Development and Business (L8N1) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History and Global Sustainable Development (V1L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development (V5L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Theatre and Performance Studies and Global Sustainable Development (W4L8) - Year 1
Optional Core