GV3EDL-Environment and Development in Latin America

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Giuseppe Feola

Email: g.feola@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module critically explores the relationship between environment and development in the context of Latin America from theoretical and applied perspectives. Students examine key social, cultural, political and economic forces influencing the contested use of natural resources in Latin America at a range of geographical levels.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module it is expected that a student will be able to:
•Describe and analyse a range of environment and development issues and debates in contemporary Latin American societies
•Critically analyse the social, cultural, political and economic processes that lead to the contested use of particular natural resources in a range of contexts in Latin America
•Recognise Latin American cultural diversity and critically examine how it informs alternative forms of human-environment relationships and environmental governance
•Critically evaluate a range of policy approaches to sustainable development in Latin America
•Critically evaluate research on human-environment geographies within Latin American contexts
•Demonstrate research skills and a critical engagement with contemporary sustainable development issues in Latin America
•Independently articulate arguments relating to these issues in presentations, discussions and essays.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to encourage the development of skills of critical reading and the presentation of arguments. This will be achieved principally through the group presentations and group discussions.

Outline content:
This module critically explores the relationship between environment and development in the context of Latin America from theoretical and applied perspectives. It addresses issues of sustainable development, the effects of economic activities, political decisions and social conditions on the environment, indigenous cultures and new trends of environmental governance in Latin America. The module focuses on formal and informal arrangements, interactions among state, private sector and civil society actors, at a range of geographical levels from the household to the community, regional, national and international level. The module focuses on contemporary trends and debates, especially those related to rural areas, but pays due attention to their historical, particularly colonial and post-colonial roots.
Topics covered in the module include: conservation and environmental governance; agriculture and climate change; ‘buen vivir’ and indigenous conceptions of the ‘good life’; peasant struggles, land grabbing and rural change; water management; the role of Latin America in global environmental governance.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Each week will consist of two sessions: (1) a presentation or lecture by the module convener or guest lecturers, (2) a student-chaired seminar during which a group of students give a presentation on the week’s topic.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    The resit will be a coursework assignment in late August /September.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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