Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW1016C: A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
The module begins by considering the development of environmental concern over the last 60 years and how the law has responded. The module looks at the scope of environmental law and its relevance to your studies. The module will then build on this introduction and will include the following topics:-
- The challenges we face in Environmental Law – reflecting on our history and the role of law in navigating environmental crises.
- Foundational principles in environmental law – taking precaution, preventing harm from happening in the first place and the principle that where there is pollution, that the polluter should be held accountable.
- Reconciling conflicting attitudes and interests with a view to protecting the environment.
- Navigating the planning system and the role of planning in sustainable development
- Environmental Assessment and Permitting – a right to pollute the planet, or an effective example of ‘command and control’ type regulation?
- Legal mechanics for the non-lawyer – the role of the courts in environmental law - how should environmental wrongdoers be punished?
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||20||Interactive lectures: Core content will be delivered and explored during interactive lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||4||Mock Public hearing|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||8||Workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||40||Individual acquisition and widening learning on topics|
|Guided Independent Study||28||Deepening task based activities conducted independently and as part of a peer-led group|
|Guided Independent Study||50||Consolidation task-based activities including preparation of formative and summative work|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
An Electronic Learning Environment (ELE) will accompany the course.