|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||24 January 2022|
Enrolment is not permitted in REN1201 if REN8101 has been previously completed.
As the effects of population pressure, unsustainable resource use and pollution increasingly influence natural systems, global social and economic stability and quality of life, an understanding of environmental issues is essential. This foundation course aims to develop informed and positive attitudes toward environmental issues, an understanding of the causes and symptoms of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss, and of corrective actions and the policies that support them.
The course provides a general introduction and overview of the emergence of environmental issues at the global scale. An inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the environment is provided at a general level for students. The material is presented in a number of inter-related modules that cover the biophysical environment, politics, economy and society, and human impact on the natural environment. The course focuses on ecological principles for thinking about the environment, the links between society and environment and the concept of sustainability. Issues examined from a global perspective include land and water resource utilisation, mining and fishing, energy production and use, atmospheric pollution, urban systems and waste management. The role of politics and economics in the move towards environmental sustainability will also be examined.