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BA Geography / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Mediterranean Quaternary Landscapes

Unit code GEOG30131
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Geography
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

Aims

• To appreciate the significance of the Mediterranean region for understanding the impacts of environmental change

• To provide a detailed understanding of the nature, causes and impacts of Mediterranean environmental change during the Quaternary

• To assess, critically, the evidence for environmental change preserved in a range of Mediterranean environments

• To consider Quaternary environments and landscape dynamics in the Mediterranean region within the broader context of long-term changes in global geography

 

Aims

• To appreciate the significance of the Mediterranean region for understanding the impacts of environmental change

• To provide a detailed understanding of the nature, causes and impacts of Mediterranean environmental change during the Quaternary

• To assess, critically, the evidence for environmental change preserved in a range of Mediterranean environments

• To consider Quaternary environments and landscape dynamics in the Mediterranean region within the broader context of long-term changes in global geography

 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

• Critically evaluate the main ideas which seek to explain the causes of Mediterranean landscape change during the Quaternary;

• Appreciate the diversity and complexity of long-term records of environmental and landscape change and their contribution to our understanding of Quaternary environments;

• Understand the major linkages between long-term climate change (including abrupt climate change) and the response of ecosystems and landscapes with reference to case studies from the Mediterranean region. 

 

Syllabus

Course Outline (the lecture order is subject to change and the order will be confirmed early in Semester 2):

- Mediterranean Quaternary Landscapes: An Introduction
- The Mediterranean marine record
- Explosive volcanism in the Mediterranean
- Long vegetation records in the Mediterranean region

- Little Ice Age and Modern Mediterranean Glaciers

- Pleistocene Mediterranean Glaciations
- Mass movements (landslides and rock avalanches) in the Mediterranean mountains
- Pleistocene rivers in the Mediterranean

- The last glacial cycle in the Mediterranean

- Revision session and feedback

 


Teaching will comprise a weekly 2 hour lecture with a 1 hour seminar.

 

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered via lectures and seminar discussions with a wide range of case studies. The style will be interactive with class discussion, consolidation sessions and revision exercises. The web pages for the Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology research group provide a valuable list of online resources: http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/geography/research/research-groups/qeg/

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Understanding context of global climate change; climate science; geomorphology; sedimentology; geological hazards; data analysis; critical thinking

 

Knowledge from this course is directly relevant for positions at a wide range of institutions in the private and public sector, including: major sand and gravel aggregate companies; environmental consultancies; major global consultancies (in climate risk departments); in the water resources sector; the oil and mineral sector; education at a range of levels.   

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 67%
Written assignment (inc essay) 33%

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided in the following ways:

  • verbal feedback through discussion in lecture classes and seminars
  • verbal feedback on any course unit issue through consultation hours or by appointment;
  • detailed written feedback on coursework

 

Recommended reading

Woodward, J.C. (2009) (Editor) The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean. Oxford, OUP.

 

Hughes, P.D. & Woodward, J.C. (2017) (Editors) Quaternary Glaciation in the Mediterranean Mountains. Geological Society of London. Available online here: http://sp.lyellcollection.org/content/433/1

 

 

Recommended reading will be provided for each topic via Blackboard from a range of sources including: Geology, Science, Nature, Journal of Quaternary Science, Quaternary Research, Quaternary Science Reviews, Global and Planetary Change, and others

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 197

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
William Fletcher Unit coordinator
Jamie Woodward Unit coordinator
PHILIP Hughes Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

 

 

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