Living the Anthropocene

Module code: GY7712

This module provides an in-depth introduction to the Anthropocene. In particular, it focuses on the ways in which humans have become geological agents, and on the effects that such agency has on Earth’s bio-physical systems. Lectures begin with the philosophical basis for addressing the Anthropocene from multi-disciplinary perspectives. They then turn to consider the interrelation between the historical and contemporary social, political and economic drivers of the Anthropocene and the ways in which these impact physical processes and systems at the planetary scale. Seminars, workshops and other practical sessions provide hands-on opportunities to put theory into practice and explore the ways in which the Anthropocene materialises around us in our everyday environments. This module also provides a conceptual foundation for the dissertation by raising and developing a range of possible research questions, and by undertaking an annotated bibliography and small research project through which these questions may be addressed.


  • 10 hours lectures
  • 10 hours practicals and workshops
  • 130 hours guided independent study


  • Literature review 40%
  • Final project 60%
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