Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM711: Environmental and Energy Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover the following topics:

Introduction to environmental law
Environmental principles
Environmental regulation – theory and practice
Enforcement of environmental law
Environmental regulation and environmental media (land, air and water)
Protection of natural resources (bio-diversity loss and historic pollution)
Climate change law and policy
Energy Law and Policy (particularly EU Energy policy) - fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy
Project finance and environmental and energy law

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities121 x 3 hour introductory lecture session and 9 x 1 hour overview lectures relating to the material which will be the subject of the following week’s seminar. Lectures which introduce students to particular topics and will provide the foundation for independent guided study.Lecture led seminar classes (10 x 3 hours)
Guided independent study60Preparation for (written) formative and sumative assessments
Guided independent study160Preparation of seminars, including seminar presentations
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities18Lecturer-led, two-hour seminars (total of nine). Students will be expected to participate in the making at least one presentation, either individually or, if numbers are large, as part of a team, during the course of the seminar programme.
Guided independent study50Other guided independent study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


This is an Energy law research website