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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2016C: Environmental Regulation and Redress

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

You will look at international contributions to UK law and policy and the important role the EU has had in setting environmental standards. You will examine how, during our membership of the EU, we have been obliged in the UK to reflect these decisions in our own legislation. You will critically reflect on the extent to which the law across the world, including indigenous laws and cultural norms might be used to embed pro-environmental behaviour and sustainability.

Various forms of redress will be considered within popular contexts in environmental law, for example climate change, air quality, biodiversity and marine pollution. You will be introduced to the difference between public law responses in the form of legislation and private law controls like negligence and private nuisance. We will also explore potential future avenues for redress as individuals for example through the expansion of the application of a human rights agenda in environmental matters, and the expansion of international criminal law in ecocide as well as considering national accountability for wrongdoing.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Explain and apply different types of environmental regulation
2. Identify and evaluate with minimum guidance the current content and direction of environmental law
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Identify key elements of legal problems and select appropriate methods for investigating and evaluating them
4. Construct and support an argument using legal sources
Personal and Key Skills5. Retrieve and efficiently use primary and secondary library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance
6. Participate in discussions on a selected topic and defend an argument in similar discussions
7. Effectively interact with peers for small-group presentations and general discussion, modifying your own position where appropriate