Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM005M: The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development (MPA ONLY)

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


NQF Level7
Credits20 ECTS Value10
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (3 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Duncan Russel (Convenor)


This module is only available to students on the MPA Programme



Available via distance learning


This is an advanced postgraduate module in which you will examine the policy and governance problems of sustainable development. On this module you will study distinctive features of environmental policy problems such as the way they spill over jurisdictional borders and have long term consequences that can be difficult for political leaders to address. You will critically analyse the various interpretations of ‘sustainable development’ and their implications for policy choice. You will conduct in-depth analysis of sustainable development strategies and reflect on the general lessons that can be learned from them.



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