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ANTHROPOCENE ENVIRONMENTS IN PERSPECTIVE
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: South Africa - University of Cape Town - 'Univ. of Cape Town'
UC Course SubjectEnvironmental Studies
Number & Suffix: 105
Full UC Title: ANTHROPOCENE ENVIRONMENTS IN PERSPECTIVE 
Transcript Title: ANTHROPOCENE ENVT 
UC QTR Units - Division: 12.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: The course examines the dynamic physical environment including the human impact on global environments at various spatial and temporal scales. It illustrates the nature and scale of changes that characterize the earth’s environment, against a background of both natural and anthropogenically-induced processes. This provides an important perspective that needs to be applied when thinking about contemporary environments and how they might change in the future–with obvious consequences for our own species and that of the others with which we share the planet. The course is divided into three parts. The first provides a background to environmental change in relation to diverse aspects of the physical environment and offers a perspective on the nature and scale of human impact on the earth system. The second takes these global perspectives and explores them through the lens of the city. As the sites where the bulk of humanity now live and experience nature, cities provide a fascinating place to explore recent and contemporary environmental change. Attention is given to the forces at play in the process of urbanization, with particular attention to environmental degradation, and in turn, restoration. The third provides an introduction to key concepts in geomorphology, ranging from contemporary processes at the local scale to long-term evolution of landscapes at the mega scale. Emphasis is placed on the southern African environment and its global context. Assessment: practical assignments (10%), fieldwork project report (10%), three term papers 20%, three tests (10%), theory examination (50%). 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: ANTHROPOCENE ENVIRONMENTS IN PERSPECTIVE 
Partner University Department: Environmental & Geographical Science 
Partner University Course Number: EGS3023F