Global Environmental Issues


This 20-credit module examines the conflict between the use of natural resources, growing environmental degradation and increasing population.

It considers the difficulty in distinguishing human impacts from natural environmental changes, and examines a number of specific environmental issues grouped within the themes of:

  • Water
  • Environment and Society
  • Human Impact
  • Big Rivers
  • Ecological Issues
  • Nanotechnology
  • Disasters
  • Climate Change


  • 38 hours of lectures


  • 2,000 word essay (33%)
  • 2 hour examination, essay style, 2 questions (67%)

Key skills

  • Understanding of the importance of multi- and inter-disciplinary science when seeking to understand environmental problems
  • The contribution that Physical Geography can make to addressing global environmental issue
  • Intellectual skills: in synthesising a diverse and fast-evolving subject
  • Communication skills: in presenting concise summaries of selected environmental issues