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Communicating Global Issues in a Changing World (CMM2005)

StaffMike Finn - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 1 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Discuss and present global sustainability challenges that society faces today and in the future. Propose a way forward to tackle one or more of these challenges through a case study.
  • Explore theories and meanings of sustainable development and sustainability
  • Identify and critique drivers and challenges to sustainable futures
  • Reflect on societal and personal attitudes and values that inform (un)sustainable practices
  • Formulate and contextualise local and global strategies for sustainable futures
  • Enhance key transferable skills through a variety of learning methods: time management, problem-solving and giving an oral presentation
  • Provide compelling cases for sustainability solutions based on current research finding

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Define major global challenges, giving examples of sustainable practices, measures taken towards sustainability and the achievement of achievable goals
  • 2. Describe the principles of sustainable development
  • 3. Use appropriate language and presentation skills to communicate sustainability issues

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Analyse complex global challenges, reflect critically on them and identify key messages

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Work independently and with self-motivation
  • 6. Presenting to different target groups

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Communication and semiotics – hidden messages
  • Advertising
  • Graphic design and typography
  • Styles of writing – academic, formal, casual, informative
  • Media design – books, newspapers, magazines, web pages
  • Species of the week – two-minute student presentation – the elevator pitch. Two or three per class.
  • Student presentations – two per class in the second half of the module

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Seminars [face to face / online] individual and group teaching presentations
Guided independent study128Studying global sustainability challenges and sustainable development. Studying the theory and practice of communication

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Species of the week – individual student 'elevator pitch' to the class about a sustainability issue relating to a plant or animal2 minutes1-6Immediate oral comments from the module coordinator and other students after delivery

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
75025

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual small-group presentation on a current issue relating to sustainability3025 minutes plus discussion1-6Immediate oral comments from the module coordinator and other students after delivery, plus written feedback from the whole class and the module convenor
Journalistic Media (e.g. magazine article, grafic, video) and written rationale, based on your presentation subject or on a different sustainability subject35750 words or equivalent, plus 500 word rationale1-6Written
Academic article on a current topic of sustainability (a different topic from the presentation and journalistic subject)352000 words1-6Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual small-group presentation on a current issue relating to sustainabilityA presentation, submitted as a set of slides and a word-processed script or a recorded presentation, on a different subject from the original presentation1-6Referral/deferral period
Journalistic Media (e.g. magazine article, grafic, video) and written rationale, based on your presentation subject or on a different sustainability subjectJournalistic Media (e.g. magazine article, grafic, video) and written rationale, based on your presentation subject or on a different sustainability subject1-6Referral/deferral period
Academic article on a current topic of sustainability (a different topic from the presentation and journalistic subject)Academic article on a current topic of sustainability (a different topic from the presentation and journalistic subject), and a different topic from the original submission1-6Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE – https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6387
  • Climate Visuals - an evidence-based resource for visual climate change communication - www.climatevisuals.org/
  • The Earth Charte -www.earthcharter.org/discover/the-earth-charter/
  • Resilient People, Resilient Planet (The Report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability): www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/66/700(2012)
  • ]What is resilience? An introduction to social ecological research: agrilinks.org/library/what-resilienceintroduction-social-ecological-research– Agrilinks, Feed the Future, US Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Institute.
  • Sell the Sizzle: How to sell climate change: www.wearefuterra.com/2017/06/08/how-to-sell-climate-change/  

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

17/06/2021

Last revision date

17/06/2021

Key words search

Sustainability, global issues, green economy, future, sustainable development, resilience, society, communication