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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2016C: Environmental Regulation and Redress

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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 might be used to embed pro-environmental behavior 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, 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. 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 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 presentations and general discussion, modifying your own position where appropriate