Law and the Environment

Module summary

Module code: LAW1172
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): ACH TBA

Specification

Aims

To give the student a grounding and knowledge of environmental issues and the impact on the law, society and there inherent challenges

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

1. Communicate an understanding of key principles and issues in environmental law.
2. Communicate an understanding of the relationship between international and domestic environmental law generally and in specific cases;
3. Analyse legal responses to specific environmental challenges.
4. Use and evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources relevant to environmental law;
5. Recognise how different social, scientific, and policy considerations are related to environmental decisions and the development of environmental law.
6. Communicate an understanding of key principles and issues in environmental law.

Indicative content

Introduction to environmental challenges and responses;
• Sources of environmental law and policy – international, EU and UK;
• Guiding principles in international environmental law (e.g. polluter pays, common but differentiated responsibility);
• Sustainable development;
• Uncertainty and the precautionary principle;
• Actors and decision making in environmental law;
• Access to Environmental Information and Access to Justice;
• Conservation and biodiversity;
• International Trade and the Environment;
• Genetically Modified Organisms and Biotechnology;
• Climate change; • Environmental ‘rights’.

Teaching and learning activity

Teaching will be based on interactive workshops and preparatory reading and activities (incorporating flipped learning).

Workshops will include a range of teaching and learning methods such as simulated debates, role play exercises, group work, oral presentations, and research exercises alongside lecturing.

Assessment

Coursework - 45% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.
Extended essay involving critical discussion of a particular aspect of environmental law. 3000 words.

Presentation - 20% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.
Oral presentation.

1.5 hour Exam - 35% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

Students are not required to pass all elements of assessment in order to pass the course.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Formative assessment will take place continually in class through structured learning activities as well as through opportunities for one-to-one feedback with the tutor.