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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3132 Law and the Environment II: Governing the Environment

10 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Carrie Bradshaw

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW3133Law and the Environment

Module replaces

LAW3135 Law and the Environment II

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Environmental problems – a warming planet, growing rubbish piles, the destruction of habitats – are amongst the most complex faced by today’s societies. These problems also pose multiple challenges for legal control and regulation. Ecosystems are understood only subject to significant scientific uncertainty, whereas environmental impacts cross jurisdictional and disciplinary boundaries. How does the law respond to these challenges? This module explores the struggle to tackle environmental problems against a backdrop of the UK’s forthcoming departure from the EU.


By the end of this module, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of the nature of global environmental problems, and the challenges they pose for law and regulation in the UK given imminent Brexit.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- explain the complex nature of environmental problems and critically evaluate the challenges they pose for law, regulation and governance.
- describe and critically evaluate the role of EU, national and devolved jurisdictions and a variety of governmental and non-governmental actors in addressing environmental problems.


Indicative topics include: understanding environmental problems; environmental legal cultures; regulatory strategy for the environment; environmental governance; the environment and the courts; together with coverage of sectoral areas of environmental law, such as climate change; waste; nature conservation and planning (e.g. windfarms and fracking).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours82.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Seminar preparation: 14
Required reading before lectures: 35
Assessment: 30

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Participatory interactions in lectures and seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/05/2019


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