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IP303 - A Sustainable Serenissima: Water, Fire, and the Future of Venice

  • Module code: IP303
  • Module name: A Sustainable Serenissima: Water, Fire, and the Future of Venice
  • Department: Liberal Arts
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module examines the ways in which contemporary Venice confronts sustainability challenges and develops resilience. We will consider past, present, and future threats to a sustainable Venice, along with complex and unique local solutions using the three main pillars of sustainability (social, environmental, and economic areas) as lenses to focus our interdisciplinary discussions. The themes of ‘water’ and ‘fire’ will serve as conceptual anchors to ground our consideration of issues such as rising sea levels, urbanization, resource management, energy production and distribution, along with historical Venetian industries such as publishing, shipbuilding, munitions, glassmaking, finance, and tourism. We will also consider Venice’s long tradition of hospitality as a sanctuary city, and the challenges Venice faces when welcoming migrants and refugees today.

Principal learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to: Identify the key sustainability challenges currently facing present-day Venice and the perspectives of concerned stakeholders. Engage in detailed reflection on how the city has dealt with such complex problems and competing economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental interests in the past. Critically analyse existing local sustainable solutions, and future implementation plans, along with their scalability and adaptability to other global challenges. Apply advanced cognitive skills to develop evidence-based policy proposals and critically reflective research essays that bridge the two-culture gap between the arts and sciences. Implement meta-cognitive skills to approach wicked problems through Problem-Based Learning and gain greater understanding of their own role in the learning process.

Timetabled teaching activities

5 x 2 hr weekly workshop in Term 2 5 x 1 hr daily workshops over 5 days at Warwick in Venice (5 hours) 5 x 1 hr on-site experiential workshops throughout Venice (5 hours) + 6 hours additional exam support and revision (in Term 3)

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IP303-15)
A (Assessed work only) In-class Test (30 minutes) 10%
  Reflective Piece (1500-2000 words) 25%
  Group Video Presentation 25%
  Policy Proposal or Research Essay (2000-2500 words) 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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