Climate and Carbon Literacy GEOG5126

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Climate change is arguably the most urgent challenge of our time with individuals, communities and organisations needing to act. This course uses the latest evidence to understand 'why the urgency' and addresses how our behaviour and choices will shape our planet's and our society's future, while delivering practical skills and reflective practice to enable individuals to be part of the solution.


10 weeks duration.

Each week consists of discussion groups, active learning sets, and/or peer learning activities. All learning is on-line and will be delivered using a combination of videoed material, activities, case studies and recommended reading that will take up about 2-3 hours per week.

Requirements of Entry

Post-graduate or equivalent professional experience

Excluded Courses





Portfolio including video and a reflective report (100%)

Course Aims

To familiarise the student with climate change and carbon impacts and provide tools to enable individuals to work within their sphere of influence to change organisational practice and effect sustainable solutions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Describe the historical causes of climate change and critically reflect on the environmental and societal consequences it creates locally and globally.

■ Communicate effectively basic knowledge of climate change and carbon literacy, including understanding keywords, jargon, and terminology.

■ Critically analyse the validity of information from various sources, including but not limited to social media, news feeds, and blogs to develop a repository of trusted sources for future reference.

■ Develop skills to conduct individual and/or organisational level carbon footprint analysis and ways to reduce your or your organisation's carbon footprint through changing practices/behaviours.

■ Evaluate case studies of organisational practice that bring sustainability into the workplace.

■ Explore different approaches of reflective practice at an individual, group and/or organisational level.

■ Demonstrate the ability to reflect on your individual role and take action toward a sustainable future.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit the course's summative assessment.