Contemporary Global Issues

Module code: 5EVBI001W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology 
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module will give you the opportunity to explore regional and global problems and their impact on the world’s resources, the environment and human societies – social and economic. You will identify and examine the factors that have a significant effect on resources, the environment and societies, including climate change, pollution and waste production, infectious and non-infectious diseases – such as obesity, tourism, population growth, energy production, agriculture, transport, and large construction projects such as the Yangtze dams.

You will also consider the range of impacts of these factors, such as biodiversity loss, water scarcity and water conflicts, excessive urbanisation, declining agricultural production and food scarcity, and the damaging impact on human health and well-being.

Lectures and tutorial-based work will provide an introduction to a range of global challenges and the risks they pose. Working as a group, you will identify a topic and design a programme of case-study work, which will then be undertaken during the workshop sessions. You will write a reflective wiki on your contribution to the negotiation and the design of the research programme. You will also write one part of the group case study, as well as an individual summary of the whole case study content.