Geography: The Anthropocene

Further Requirements: 
No specific A level requirements but applicants should have an interest in environmental issues and interdisciplinary study.
14 - 18 April

Many scientists argue that human impacts on the environment are now so great that we have moved into a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene – in which humans have become the major force in shaping the earth system. This interdisciplinary course explores the causes and consequences of human-induced transformations in climate and the biophysical environment and considers how societies should respond to the challenges of environmental change.

Geography: Living in the Anthropocene will be delivered by human and physical geographers from the School of Geography and the Environment and the Environmental Change Institute. The questions which will be explored include: What are the major drivers of environmental change? What policies could be put in place to limit global warming below 2 degrees? How might water security become a major challenge in the Anthropocene? How should we understand what we mean by ‘nature’ in a world transformed by human activity? How might environmental change be related to geopolitical conflicts around the world? Are we in the midst of a sixth mass extinction of species?

The course will be taught through lectures, practical exercises and fieldwork. You will be given use of Oxford’s libraries to research the topics discussed in preparation for a tutorial at the end of the week.