Postgraduate Module Descriptor


LAWM078: Environmental Law and Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2014/5 academic year.

Module Aims

Because environmental and climate change issues are increasingly important to society, this course aims to allow you the opportunity to question how effectively environmental law can protect human health and the environment. The course aims to address practical and pressing problems such as pollution, chemicals, loss of biodiversity, sustainability, the regulation of novel technologies and climate change. The course questions how we can limit environmental damage the future and addresses important issues of environmental justice such as how to adapt to climate change.  There is a practical end to the course it aims to review both environmental litigation, through the case law, as well as how to handle environmental risks in the course of property and commercial transactions.

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. demonstrate detailed understanding of how law seeks to limit damage to human health and the environment;
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge of regulatory theories and the policies pursued to protect the environment;
3. demonstrate critical awareness of different models of environmental liability;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate ability to integrate and assess relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques;
5. demonstrate a high level of understanding of principles of environmental regulation and the practical problems of enforcement;
Personal and Key Skills6. demonstrate a capacity to evaluate the gap between policy goals and legal mechanisms; and
7. demonstrate the ability to communicate well orally and in writing in a manner appropriate to this discipline.