Critically discuss how values influence the sensemaking of complex, contested sustainability issues, such as climate change.

CRKC7045 Tackling Global-Local Challenges in Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability

Pre-Course Formative Assessment Brief


Module Title

Tackling Global-Local Challenges

in Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability

Assessment Title

Portfolio Part 1: Pre course work





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Learning Outcomes assessed


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Important note:

This is a mandatory pre-course assessment. You have four weeks to complete the work and submit it to the RKC link provided.

If you are unable to submit the work, you should contact StudentCare to discuss re-arrangement of your course.

The pre-course work reflects the skills required for the marked submission and is a formal opportunity for your tutor to guide and support you. You will not receive a grade but you will receive written feedback and guidance. The pre-course work also acts as a foundation to the approach of the course.

You should watch the teaching session (60-75 minutes video) and then use the session’s teaching resource pack to carry out independent study of the topic.

From the teaching resource pack, you will be linked to all the case studies, readings and further videos you need. You are not required to carry out any additional research and should use the linked resources from the resource pack as the basis of your study. You do not need to try to read everything but, as usual, the more you are able to put in the more you are likely to get out of your study. We are looking for depth of understanding using selected readings rather than a broad answer. You should allow at least 8-12 hours for the work.

You should also use the pre-course work as an opportunity to ensure you can access the library OneList. There is a file included in unit 1 to help you with this. You will need to access the library OneList to successfully complete the course so please contact the librarian (details in the guidance) if you have difficulty.

The assessment details are as follows. You should answer all three parts of the question (1,000 words + /- 10% plus appendices where appropriate). Please see marking matrix on page 6.

  1. Critically discuss how values influence the sensemaking of complex, contested sustainability issues, such as climate change. You should treat this as a literature review and anchor your discussion in the resources linked from your Teaching Resource Pack (TRP). (400 words)
  1. Complete the Schwartz Values Survey (SVS) included with the teaching. Use this as a tool to help you reflect on your personal values: the values you prioritise, how those values are shaped by influences and experiences in your life, and how your current actions and behaviour reflect your values. Use this reflection to help you complete the template table provided on page 5 below and include the completed table (only) as your answer. (200 words in the table)

 Finally, choose a photograph that is personally relevant to you. Provide a brief narrative that tells part of your ethical journey, and links the picture with your values (what is important to you).  (100 words)

 Please note: There are examples within the teaching resource pack of completed exercises and (ii) If you chose to include your answers to the SVS as an appendix, please only include the circumplex map completed with your answers (not the full questionnaire)

 Important general guidance:

 You should include the usual RKC cover page, authorship and plagiarism statement. Include a brief abstract (up to 250 words) summarising the whole paper (excluded from word count)

  • Include a table of contents
  • Use the introduction (200 words) to give brief background about yourself that you are willing to share with your tutor. This should include brief background on the influences that are particularly significant for forming your values related to ERS and your current work role. Then indicate what is to follow in the paper.
  • You must base your answer on the teaching and resources provided. A minimum of 90% of references should come from the linked session resources. Any additional references you choose to include should be particularly relevant to the assessment brief.
  • You must provide a full reference list in Harvard style at the end of your paper and include the url address for all references (including the unique url link to library OneList readings)
  • Make sure you include a brief conclusion (100 words) summarising the key points of your paper.
  • Please submit your work in Word (not PDF)


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