Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE GEO3021

 
TITLE Climate Change and Sustainability in the Mediterranean

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Geography

 
DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is to bring together geographical knowledge about the physical and human development in the Mediterranean region. It covers some of the work carried out by international agencies in the area and the role of climate change and sustainability. Legislation and policy looking at sustainability will also be reviewed. The study unit is also aimed at defining sustainability and pressure on the environment from excessive and rapid development in the Mediterranean.

Students will learn about regulating and legislating for climate change and sustainable development in the Mediterranean region, as well as develop a deeper understanding of the principles of sustainability.

Study-unit Aims:

To make students aware of the geographical implications of physical and human development in the Mediterranean region. To familiarise students with regulation and legislation of sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- identify issues related to the human and physical environment in the Mediterranean;
- identify the role that international agencies have in the sustainable development process of the Mediterranean;
- demonstrate regulation and legislation regarding sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- list the issues related to the human and physical environment in the Mediterranean;
- explain the role that international agencies have in the sustainable development process of the Mediterranean;
- list the regulating and legislative aspects related to sustainable development in the Mediterranean region;
- explain the application of the regulating and legislative aspects related to sustainable development in the Mediterranean region;
- list the principles of sustainability;
- explain the use and applications of the principles of sustainability.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main text:

- Baker, S. (2006) Sustainable Development. Routledge.
- Dresner, S. (2002) The Principles of Sustainability. Earthscan.
- Bulkeley, H. (2013) Cities and Climate Change. Routledge.

Supplementary text:

- Rao, P.K. (2000) Sustainable Development: Economics and Policy, Oxford, Blackwell.
- Whitehead, M. (2006) Spaces and Sustainability. Routledge.
- Attard, M. (2015) The impact of global environmental change on transport in Malta. Xjenza Online – Journal of The Malta Chamber of Scientists. Vol. 3(2) pp 141-152.
- Boggia, A., Massei, G., Pace, E., Rocchi, L, Paolotti, L., Attard, M. (2018) Spatial multi-criteria analysis for sustainability assessment: a new model for decision making. Land Use Policy Vol. 71, pp 281-292.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Maria Attard
Therese Bajada

 
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