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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1016C: A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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 the principles and foundations that underpin environmental law and policy
2. compare different legal mechanisms in environmental protection
Discipline-Specific Skills3. relate law and policy to environmental problems
4. develop an argument at a foundational level
Personal and Key Skills5. make oral presentations on a selected topic and defend an argument orally
6. write in a manner appropriate to the context of the assessment.