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x Environmental Thought and Practice: Politics, Concepts, and Management

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Year 2
Course Description

The module aims to explore environmental thought, practice, and politics from a number of different philosophical perspectives and instances of environmental politics. It introduces students to a range of theoretical and policy-driven conceptualisations of the environment, environmental problems and solutions at local, regional, and global scales. It enables students to address the thinking behind current environmental movements, politics and environmental management schemes and to facilitate a critical understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of past, modern, and future environmentalisms.

To find out more about this course and to check that it is running, please contact Dr Debby Potts, the Head of the SOAS Geography programme (debby.potts@kcl.ac.uk).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the completion of the module students should be able to appreciate the pivotal role of actors in contemporary environmental management and politics. Students should better understand the distinctive nature of individual actor’s interests, attitudes and actions and how these are shaped by, and can sometimes themselves shape, wider political and economic processes.


10 hours lectures, 10 hours seminar

Method of assessment

Assessment will be by one essay constituting 50% of the final grade; by presentation and leading of group / class discussion which will constitute 40%; and by poster and presentation of poster which will constitute 10% of the final grade.