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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

◾To undertake research-based learning (where students are actively involved in directed research) focused on local sustainable development in Coventry. ◾To 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. ◾To develop knowledge around the role of local governance embedded in place-based analysis for sustainable development. ◾To 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

◾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

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Other essential notes

There are pre-requisites for this module: GD105, GD106. This module is available to second year students only.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD203-15)
A (Assessed work only) Group Report (2000 words) 30%
  Individual Reflective Essay (1500 words) 30%
  Individual Policy/Practice Proposal (2000 words) 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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