Nottingham, United Kingdom

People and Planet: Humanities and Ecological Justice

when 15 July 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 1200

Content – the world is facing a number of inter-related crises from climate change, conflict, inequalities, threats to food security, pandemic disease, pollution, and habitat loss. This course will examine global crises from the perspective of broad Humanities disciplines to explore what we can learn by understanding their human and cultural context.

In this course you will:
• Explore the implicit relationships between the global crises of today and their historical roots in colonialism, globalisation and industrialisation
• Examine how Western industrialisation fuelled the rise of empire and unsustainable extraction
• Explore how global crises are evident at local level and how cultural organisations have an important role to play in educating people about the effects of climate change and global inequalities
• Explore alternative futures through an examination of community-based responses to living sustainably.
• Visit places that highlight the themes of the course - heritage organisations, historical landscapes, eco communities.

Course leader

Charlie Pratley, Heather Alberro, and Katharina Massing.
NTU School of Arts and Humanities

Target group

This course is ideal for students interested in understanding more about the humanities’ distinct approaches to contemporary sustainability issues.

Course aim

after studying on this course, you should be able to:

• Describe the historical roots of global crises
• Demonstrate how global crises are evident in local communities and how they affect human cultures
• Formulate future-facing solutions to local and global crises
• Convey the past, present and future of global crises through visual media
• Use visual images and short-form text to communicate with diverse audiences
• Engage in peer review of visual communication.

Credits info

10 EC
10 UK credits = 5 ECTS

Fee info

GBP 1200: Apply and pay your tuition fee by 30 April 2024 and receive our Early-Bird discount of £100. This fee is for tuition, social programme, course materials and GSS merchandise.
GBP 440: Accommodation in our on-campus student halls. All rooms are single with ensuite facilities and shared kitchen and living spaces. Halls are self-catered and kitchen and bedding packs will be provided. Our accommodation is right in the heart of the city and so there are lots of food shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and takeaways just a short walk away.


£100 Early-bird discount if tuition fee payment is received by 30 April 2024. A further discount is offered to groups of 10+ students travelling from the same University