Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1019: Green Politics in Theory and Practice

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module provides a clear and inspiring introduction to the nature, causes and potential solutions to environmental problems in Britain and Europe. Reviewing current debates on the relationship between environment and politics, you will be familiarised with key actors, policy tools, and major environmental discourses. The module will enable you to reflect critically and creatively on efforts to change political institutions such that more environmentally friendly practices and policies can be ensured on a sustained basis. In so doing it develops your reading and analytical skills as well as verbal and written skills.

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. analyse and understand the roles and impacts of actors, institutions as well as competing regulatory approaches in environmental politics;
2. understand, evaluate and apply a range of concepts and theories about policy and political responses to environmental concerns;
3. appreciate the difficulties in achieving a transition towards sustainable development;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. identify and discuss core political ideas and concepts deployed in policy making;
5. list, describe and assess different interpretations of political issues and events in the light of appropriate evidence;
Personal and Key Skills6. write analytical essays;
7. present coherent arguments;
8. demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in your written and oral work;