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GD203 - Keeping the Phoenix Flying or Clipping its Wings? Learning through Research into the Praxis of Local Sustainable Dev.

  • Module code: GD203
  • Module name: Keeping the Phoenix Flying or Clipping its Wings? Learning through Research into the Praxis of Local Sustainable Dev.
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The Principal Aims of the module are that students: Undertake research-based learning (where students are actively involved in directed research) focused on local sustainable development in Coventry. Play an authentic role within Warwick University’s wider agenda, to critically and actively engage local and regional stakeholders, specifically in the creation of concrete ideas to promote sustainable development. Develop knowledge around the role of local governance embedded in place-based analysis for sustainable development. Produce work, which, over time, feeds into public facing resources about Coventry’s sustainable development histories, current status, limitations and concrete future opportunities.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the student will be able to: Recognise the value of, and apply, the concept of scale to the research, analysis and praxis of the Sustainable Development agenda. Interpret academic discourses associated with ‘localised’ spatial geographies of sustainable development, including the interrelationship between more local, regional, national and global scales, and make quality contributions of their own. Demonstrate critical knowledge of the key concepts of ‘space’ and ‘place’, and how they relate to the Global Sustainable Development agenda, particularly though that of ‘sustainable places’. Research, analyse and critically evaluate existing processes of sustainable development at the ‘local’ scale using appropriate metrics. Draw on place-based knowledge to make practical and policy recommendations that articulate with wider scales of Sustainable Development agendas. Demonstrate a conceptually and theoretically rigorous understanding of Sustainable Development in Coventry, its current status, limitations and future opportunities. Be familiar with the value and practice of academic engagement with local and regional stakeholders.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 workshops of 2 hours each for 10 weeks and 10 guest lectures of 1 hour per week. There is an optional walking tour around Coventry

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Other essential notes

There are pre-requisites for this module: GD105, GD106. This module is available to second year joint honours Global Sustainable Development students only at 15 CATS in Term 1.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD203-15)
A (Assessed work only) Group Report (500 + 2000 words) 30%
  Individual Reflective Essay (1500 words) 30%
  Individual Policy/Practice Proposal (2000 words) 40%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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