Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW2016C: Environmental Regulation and Redress

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

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

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, as members of the EU, we are obliged in the UK to reflect these decisions in our own legislation and you will critically reflect on the extent to which the law might be used to embed pro-environmental behavior and sustainability. You will also consider the increasing role of environmental considerations in project finance.

 The various forms of redress will be considered and you will be introduced to the difference between public law responses in the form of legislation and private law controls like private nuisance.

You will look at international contributions to UK law and policy and the important role the EC has had in setting environmental standards. You will examine how, as members of the EC, we are obliged in the UK to reflect these decisions in our own legislation and you will critically reflect on the extent to which the law might be used to embed pro-environmental behavior and sustainability.

 The various forms of redress will be considered and you will be introduced to the difference between public law responses in the form of legislation and private law controls like private nuisance.

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. Identify and explain the historical foundations of environmental law
2. Illustrate the key principles of environmental law
3. Describe the main ethical perspectives of environmental law and policy
4. Analyse the different sectors of environmental regulation
5. Identify and evaluate with minimum guidance the current content and direction of environmental law
6. Use relevant information to explain and discuss how environmental law has developed and is applied in practice
Discipline-Specific Skills7. Relate theoretical perspectives to specific legal cases
8. Assess the methods and rationales for studying environmental law
Personal and Key Skills9. Retrieve and efficiently use primary and secondary library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance
10. Participate in discussions on a selected topic and defend an argument in similar discussions
11. Understand and reflect upon substantive and theoretical texts
12. Work independently and manage time efficiently and effectively in preparing for the coursework and the examination
13. Effectively interact with peers for small-group presentations and general discussion, modifying your own position where appropriate