SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML324987
Module Leader Angela O'Hagan
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module critically examines the variety of ways in which a rights based approach seeks to engage with the impact of climate change. It does so by considering climate change within broader debates surrounding human rights and the structured nature of vulnerability in relation to gender and development.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas: -360b7 Introduction to human rights: Major characteristics of human rights -360b7 Introduction to human rights: Generations and controversy -360b7 Social construction of gender: Gender, sex and feminist theory -360b7 Climate change, climate justice and human rights: The social construction of vulnerability. -360b7 Approaches to gender and development: From women in development to gender and development. -360b7 Millennium Development Goals and the Convention to Eliminate all Forms of Discrimination Against Women: Back to human rights. -360b7 A human rights based approach to climate change: A route to climate justice? -360b7 FAIR methodology: The participation and involvement of communities -360b7 Feminist activism and mainstreaming change: The role of institutions and agencies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to: " Critically reflect upon the ways in which climate change impacts upon the socially vulnerable. (A1 A3 A4 A5 B4)" Demonstrate a theoretically informed understanding of the complexity surrounding gender and development. (A3 A7)" Present a critically informed assessment of the relationship between climate change, climate justice and human rights. (A1 A5 A7)" Relate knowledge to significant areas of social life (B4)" Develop an appreciation of the way in which issues concerning human rights and climate justice can be researched and investigated. (A8)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This is driven by a student centred approach where the module leader facilitates student learning and personal development. Content will be delivered via a blended use of seminars, lectures and online resources. The lectures will be used to introduce the topics and resources. Seminars will be student led facilitated by structured discussion questions and set readings. All coursework is submitted and marked electronically via Grademark.

Indicative Reading

Adger, W.N. et al. (2003) 'Adaptation to Climate Change in the Developing World.' Progress in Development Studies . 3,3 (2003) pp. 179-195 Banks, N. et al. (2014) 'Climate Change and Social Justice: An Evidence Review'. JRF Joseph Rowntree Foundation. <>:// <> Beneria, L. (2003) Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if all people mattered. Routledge Clapham, A. (2007) Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction. OUP Oxford Cohen, R. and Kennedy, P. (2007) Global Sociology . (2nd edition), NY: Palgrave Connell, R. (2011) Confronting Equality: Gender, Knowledge and Global Change. Polity Gaventa, J. and Tandon, R. (2010) Globalizing Citizens: New Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion . Zed Books Goodhart , M. and Mihr, A. (eds.) (2011) Human Rights in the 21st Century: Continuity and Change since 9/11. Palgrave Macmillan Hynes, P. et al. (eds.) (2011) Sociology and Human Rights. Routledge Lister, R. (2003) Citizenship: Feminist Perspective (2nd edition), Palgrave Macmillan Liverman, D. (2009) 'Suffering the Science: Climate change, people and poverty'. Oxfam Briefing Paper July 2009. <>:// <>science <> Climate Change and Health. WHO. (2013) <>://<> Momsen, J. (2010) Gender and Development: Critical Concepts in Development Studies . Routledge Web Resources UN Women <> World Bank Gender Equality <> United Nations Human Rights <>

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 The ability to debate and discuss sensitive issues with confidence. (D4) b7 An ability to critique moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding this area of study and an appreciation of their implications for human and civic rights. (D4 D5) b7 Equality and diversity awareness. (D4) b7 Information retrieval and bibliographical skills. (D10) b7 The ability to apply learning in practice. (D9) b7 The ability to work independently and in groups. (D7 D12 D14)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 92.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 45% Critical Essay
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 45% Group poster presentation - 15 minutes and Individual reflexive report based upon presentation.