Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1016C: A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the challenges that we face in environmental law and the difficulties associated with balancing different values and interests that people, businesses and nations have in decisions that affect their environment. Planning decisions permit development that can impact our ecosystems, and they limit development to prevent harm. Businesses, industry, the economy, our ecosystems and ultimately our planet are all impacted by decisions that are made on a local, national and global basis to permit or prevent development, and this module will introduce you to the systems and procedures that facilitate these controls.

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. describe comprehensively the principles and foundations that underpin environmental law and policy on a local, national and global scale
2. identify and understand the role and function of the judiciary and the main regulatory bodies involved in environmental protection and law making
Discipline-Specific Skills3. relate theoretical perspectives to specific case scenarios
4. synthesise information and recognise relevance and, with guidance, develop a sustained and reasoned argument
5. begin, with guidance, to evaluate and articulate weaknesses in the arguments of others.
Personal and Key Skills6. retrieve and efficiently use primary and secondary library-based and electronic sources with minimum guidance
7. make small-group presentations on a selected topic and defend an argument in seminar discussions and debate
8. understand and reflect upon substantive and theoretical texts
9. work independently and manage time efficiently and effectively in preparing coursework
10. effectively interact with peers for small-group presentations and general discussion, modifying own position where appropriate