APG5804 - Environmental revolutions - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Human Geography


Thomas Bach

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit explores the ways in which ideas about nature, science, and human action have revolutionised theories, practices and politics of international development and global environmental change. It explores the major historical and contemporary debates in the natural and social sciences concerning nature and human agency , reflexive modernity, environmental risk and uncertainty, biopolitics, and emergence of current thinking about the relationships between post-humanity, techno-science and nature.


Students who have regularly attended the seminar each week and fulfilled all requirements during the semester will:

  1. understand the history of ideas and conceptions of the environment
  2. understand key theoretical perspectives regarding changing relationships between science, nature, and human subjectivity
  3. critically analyse the genealogies of contemporary debates about environmental crises, ecological change, and biopolitics of development.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International development practice

International development and environment