KE5011 - Environmental Policy and Regulation

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What will I learn on this module?

Developing a clear understanding of environmental policy framework(s) and the role of tools such as regulation, market based instruments and voluntary instruments in the delivery of such policy, is crucial for successful environmental management. In this module you will learn about the formation and application of a range of environmental policies at the international, European and national levels, consider the roles and responsibilities of the various organisations involved in this process and explore the strengths and weaknesses of the tools used to implement policy . You will also consider key principles such as the precautionary, polluter pays and preventative principles that underpin environmental policy. In semester 2 you will be introduced to the UK legal system and explore the various statutes and regulations used to protect the environment.

How will I learn on this module?

This module is largely lecture based but theoretical work is supported by case studies and class exercises in order to enhance understanding of the practical application of environmental policy and regulation. Seminars and workshops run in parallel with lectures to reinforce learning and to help with the assessments allowing students to explore topics in more depth

You will also visit a local court to see how legislation works in practice and will have the opportunity to experience what is like to be an expert witness in court using the University Law School court room facility.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All teaching materials for the module are made available on the module eLP site. You will also have access to a number of on line self assessment quizzes which will allow you to check your understanding of the various statues and regulations discussed in lectures. Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module. You may approach the module tutor for additional support as required.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

1. Describe the process of environmental policy development at the global, EU and national levels; Evaluation Ass
2. Evaluate the use of key principles underpinning environmental policy and recognise their use in a national and international context; (Evaluation Ass)
3. Assess key national and international environmental policies in response to particular challenges; (Evaluation Ass)
4. Evaluate the role and effectiveness of regulation, market based and voluntary instruments in implementing and enforcing environmental policy; (Evaluation Ass)
5. Apply key pieces of planning and environmental legislation to a given scenario, and describe compliance requirements; (Exam)
6. Describe the environmental protection roles and responsibilities of the UK regulatory bodies. (Exam)

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment consists of two components each worth 50% of the module marks:

1. An evaluation report on a current policy concept core to environmental policy and regulation.
MLOs 1,2,3

2. an open note, case study based examination. The exam case study will be presented to students in advance of the exam. Exam questions will be unseen but students will be able to take lecture notes into the exam. Time – 3 hours.
MLOs 4,5

Written feedback will be provided for all summative assessment tasks. Verbal feedback will be provided during class based exercises and student led seminars.

For assignment 1 4 workshops will be used to help develop the evaluative skills required to undertake the assignment with briefings on the core environmental policy in interactive sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Developing a clear understanding of environmental policy framework(s) and the role of tools such as regulation, market based instruments and voluntary instruments in the delivery of such policy, is crucial for successful environmental management. In this module you will learn about the formation and application of a range of environmental policies, consider the roles and responsibilities of the various organisations involved in this process and explore the strengths and weaknesses of the tools used to implement policy . You will also consider key principles that underpin environmental policy, be introduced to the UK legal system and explore the various statutes and regulations used to protect the environment.

This module is largely lecture based but theoretical work is supported by case studies and class exercises in order to enhance understanding of the practical application of environmental policy and regulation. You will also visit a local court to see how legislation works in practice and will have the opportunity to experience what is like to be an expert witness in court using the University Law School court room facility. Assessment is via a critical evaluation of an environmental policy concept and an ‘open note’ case study based examination designed to test your ability to apply the law. A series of seminars and workshops will be used to support learning will be used to support learning.

Course info

UCAS Code F751

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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