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GEOS1001: Earth, Environment and Society

This is the gateway unit of study for Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Studies and Geology. Its objective is to introduce the big questions relating to the origins and current state of the planet: climate change, environment, landscape formation, and the growth of the human population. During the semester you will be introduced to knowledge, theories and debates about how the world's physical and human systems operate. The first module investigates the evolution of the planet through geological time, with a focus on major Earth systems such as plate tectonics and mantle convection and their interaction with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and human civilisations. The second module presents Earth as an evolving and dynamic planet, investigating global environmental change, addressing climate variability and human impacts on the natural environment and the rate at which these changes occur and how they have the potential to dramatically affect the way we live. Finally, the third module focuses on human-induced challenges to Earth's future. This part of the unit critically analyses the relationships between people and their environments, with central consideration to debates on population change, resource use and the policy contexts of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Code GEOS1001
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS1901 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or ENSY1001

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe and explain the physical and social processes that have shaped terrestrial, ocean, atmospheric and human population characteristics of planet Earth.
  • LO2. Describe and analyse spatial data and create maps using Geographic Information Systems.
  • LO3. Undertake academic literature searches, and be aware of the conventions relating to academic literature.
  • LO4. Construct a logical argument with coherency through an essay to communicate Earth systems at a University level, as described in policy.
  • LO5. Investigate environmental issues, then present and discuss this research with others.
  • LO6. Demonstrate informed citizenship about issues relating to contemporary environmental debates.