Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Environment, Change and the Future: the Scottish Experience - International Summer School DUMF2064

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This immersive three week, 15-credit, Summer School encourages participants to identify and analyse underlying assumptions about humanity's relationship with the environment in order to promote informed social engagement. It is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops and field-trips utilising a range of disciplines from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on local case studies that have a wider global significance.


Three 5-day weeks involving a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, field trips, independent and group study, and final assessments. In addition some lectures and workshops/seminar discussions will be held as integral to visits and field trips, some of which take place at weekends.

Requirements of Entry

Each student:

■ should be a current student (not UK) enrolled at an international higher education institution;

■ must be 18 years or over;

■ should have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent);

■ (whose first language is not English) is required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent).


Note: Special circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Excluded Courses





1. One 1500 word essay (50%)

2. One group oral presentation delivered at the end-of-course conference, containing an individual presentation element (20%)

3. One 800-1000 word reflective paper on a prescribed question about the extent and nature of attitudinal transformation in relation to the course content (20%)

4. One 250-500 word statement on the student's organisational contributions to the end-of-course conference, and the conference and course as a combined educational experience - to be written with the intention that students may use this in their résumés/Curriculum Vitae (10%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The group oral and individual oral presentation cannot be replicated and therefore will not be available for reassessment. However, resubmission of the essay will be possible where required.

Course Aims

The course aims to:


1. examine the Scottish experience of the globally significant topic of environmental change through collaborative study and discussion using a range of learning methods (lectures, workshops, field trips and an end-of-course student-run conference);

2. explore this overarching topic through an interdisciplinary approach, using selected Scottish examples (drawn from a number of possible disciplines such as history, philosophy, art and literature, geography, tourism) to seek connections and identify options for the future from various perspectives;

3. encourage students both to undergo, and to communicate, a transformative educational experience, which aims to develop their capacities to generate ideas concerning urgent aspects of modern human existence, our changing relationship with the environment, and humanity's future.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. demonstrate in a written assignment, a good level of interdisciplinary understanding of problems and opportunities concerning environmental change of various types, with reference to selected Scottish examples within an international context;

2. provide, at the end-of-course conference, an orally-delivered presentation on at least one of the course topics, and be able to discuss this work and the work of other students during the conference;

3. produce a short reflective paper in which consideration is given to any personal transformation in understanding/ideas/values regarding environmental change undergone during the course, and also to how humanity's attitudes more generally may be transformed in order to foster a better relationship with the natural environment;

4. submit a brief report, describing the work undertaken to organise the final course conference and providing a self-assessment of the main contributions made to the conference (this may be used by students in their résumés/Curriculum Vitae).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Students must attend 75% of all classes