2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
GEOG3341 Environment and Development in South-East Asia
10 creditsClass Size: 5
Module manager: Dr Alan Grainger
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is mutually exclusive with
|GEOG3034||Tropical Forests: past, present and future|
|GEOG3690||Tropical forests and sustainable development|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryTropical forests are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet, containing approximately half of global biodiversity, 40% of terrestrial carbon stocks and providing resources that directly and indirectly support millions of people. As a result, achieving sustainable development of these regions and reducing the rate that these ecosystems are being degraded has become an emblematic struggle of the conservation movement. This module explores how forests and land in the humid tropics are actually used and managed, and how this reflects the trade-offs between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. It explores theories of sustainable development, the methods that have been developed to monitor trends in land use and forest cover in the humid tropics, and model them mathematically, and how these methods are being employed in international schemes to mitigate, and adapt to, global climate change.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should have a detailed understanding of how to study issues surrounding sustainable development in the humid tropics.
A detailed understanding of the distribution and dynamics of land use and forest cover in the humid tropics, national and international political debates about improving the sustainability of land use and forest management and conservation, and techniques for modelling and monitoring changes in land use and forest cover in the humid tropics and their role in sustainable development.
Content typically covers: an introduction to deforestation, forest degradation and sustainable development; spatio-temporal patterns in shifting cultivation, permanent agriculture and agroforestry systems; rational land use planning and the role of science; the sustainability of tropical forest management and pressures to increase it: patterns in international trade in tropical hardwood; mathematical modelling of short-term and long-term trends in forest area and timber production; monitoring deforestation using international statistics and satellite observations; and the use of modelling and monitoring methods for climate change mitigation activities.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||80.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyPrivate study will consist of reading key references associated with the course and preparing for and undertaking assessments.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFormative assessment during seminars will ensure students are tested (and receive feedback) on progress at all stages.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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