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PL30028: French national option F12: Environnement, société, développement

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 33%, ES 67%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • EU30028 Coursework (CW 33%)
  • EU30028 Essay (ES 67%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take EU20011
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To explore environmental problems in terms of their political and social dimensions and present the main debates on their nature and severity;
* to evaluate the impact of the environmental debate in France by reference to public opinion and the media;
* to assess the impact of EU policy-making;
* to promote understanding of environmental policy-making processes at the international level;
* to outline the nature, scope and impact of sustainable development discourses.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
* demonstrate familiarity with key concepts related to environmental issues and sustainability;
* evaluate different types of discourse and argument related to the environment;
* identify and use different ways of analysing environmental problems;
* demonstate understanding of the interaction between social, political, economic and physical desiderata in the amelioration of environmental problems;
* demonstrate knowledge of the drivers of environmental policy in national and international contexts;
* demonstate understanding of the roles of different actors, including policy-makers, NGOs, firms, consumers and citizens;
* evaluate different types of policy content and instruments, and assess their strengths and weaknesses;
* show understanding of the challenges posed by sustainable development for the future;
* discuss issues raised in French.

Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, effective communication in the target language, and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

The major themes studied are:
* the ideas behind environmentalism and political ecology;
* the impact of environmental ideas on the media and on public opinion;
* green politics in France today;
* environmental policy-making in France and the EU;
* interpretations of sustainable development;
* global issues, such as climate change, and the role of international treaties.
The unit is taught in French.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30028 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB08 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB09 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB05 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB04 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB18 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.