Addressing Global Sustainability Challenges

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
08 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C510 Global Sustainability,
BSC C511 Global Sustainability (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C512 Global Sustainability (including Year Abroad),
BSC C513 Global Sustainability (including Placement Year),
BA C900 Global Studies with Sustainability,
BA C901 Global Studies with Sustainability (Including Foundation Year),
BA C902 Global Studies with Sustainability (including Placement Year),
BA C903 Global Studies with Sustainability (including Year Abroad),
BA V5L5 Philosophy, Ethics and Sustainability,
BA V5L6 Philosophy, Ethics and Sustainability (Including Foundation Year),
BA V5L7 Philosophy, Ethics and Sustainability (Including Placement Year),
BA V5L8 Philosophy, Ethics and Sustainability (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module develops knowledge from the exploration of the major themes of sustainability.

Case studies will be used to deepen knowledge and explore specific examples from each facet of global sustainability. We will critically examine the current action being taken at the local and global scale.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To deepen knowledge on global sustainability challenges and provide detailed case studies on each facet of sustainability.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Gain knowledge and critical understanding of the nexus of sustainability and environmental ethics.

  2. Effectively communicate the key themes of global sustainability using case study examples.

  3. Show competence in retrieving relevant information from diverse sources, interpreting scientific data and demonstrate ability to organize and execute a self-learning task.

  4. Demonstrate competence in data presentation, analysis and interpretation, numeracy, information retrieval and written communication.

Module information


  • The nexus of environmental ethics and environmental sustainability: An empirical assessment.

  • Greening for a sustainable future: The ethical connection.

  • Case study: Energy.

  • Case study: Pollution.

  • Case study: Climate change.

  • Case study: Water.

  • Case study: Food and agriculture.

  • Case study: Green building and transportation

  • Case study: Environmental justice.

  • Addressing global sustainability challenges: Discussion forum.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Lectures.
  • Group work.
  • Case study workshops.

This module promotes inclusivity and diversity in its delivery in line with the University’s expectations. Different learning styles are catered for through the approaches to teaching by including hands on practical experiences, the use of visuals and audio input.

Some case study workshops will involve student-led role play, These have been developed to ensure employability related skills are incorporated and will include industry partner facilitation.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Research Proposal    40% 
Coursework   Nature Journal    20% 
Practical   Presentation    40% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Leanne Hepburn, email:
Dr Nick Aldred, Dr Eoin O'Gorman



External examiner

Prof Edgar Turner
University of Cambridge
Professor of Insect Ecology
Available via Moodle
Of 29 hours, 29 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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