The Natural Environment 1


This module provides students with an understanding of the physical, ecological, historical and social factors which underpin ecosystem dynamics. Particular focus is placed on Irelands ecosystems and how they have responded to environmental change in time and space. It will introduce an ecological basis to the causes, and impacts of, climate change and biodiversity declines and offer solutions to how these trends may be reversed. Field excursions and practical activities will develop field skills and introduce the student to a variety of semi natural habitat types as it applies to the Irish Natural Heritage Classification.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise Natural History as a practice that spans disciplines.

  2. Describe the basic principles of ecology.

  3. Discuss key ecosystem, evolutionary and biodiversity concepts in biogeography.

  4. Identify and interpret select Irish habitat types and their characteristic fauna and flora as it applies to the Irish natural heritage classification.

  5. Connect the module material with current events and everyday life, particularly as it relates to the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity decline in addition to Education for Sustainability.

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