Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3142: Environmental Law and Planning

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Catherine Caine (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The protection of the environment is becoming the pivotal policy concern of our age, and the manner in which law plays a vital role in influencing policies and addressing environmental disruption, will be of integral importance.  In this module you will be provided with both a theoretical and practical foundation in environmental law and planning, and you will also reach beyond and delve into the critical and substantive issues affecting its regulation today. How can we understand the role of law in the protection of the environment? What role does justice play in managing the commons? What are the key developments and cases in the national planning framework?  How is the pressing concern of climate change dealt with on an international level, and are prevention measures enforceable? These questions and more will be posed, allowing you to interrogate some of the pivotal global predicaments of our time, always in terms of law’s response.  You will be in direct contact with the main issues in national, supra-national and international environmental sector regulation, environmental justice, and critical perspectives surrounding debates in environmental regulation and planning.

The module will be an optional module on the second year and third year of the LLB and is suitable to non-specialist students. It is recommended to those wishing to specialise in environmental and planning law in the future, and also those who wish to gain a greater interdisciplinary understanding of environmental regulation and critical issues in environment and planning overall.

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