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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5473M Climate and Environmental Policy and Governance

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Valeria Tolis

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

SOEE 5472M

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Within this module, we examine the key strategies and policies for climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as the multiple pathways through which human-environment interaction is governed. A central focus of the module is how the alleged limitations of conventional state-led climate and environmental governance have given way to a proliferation of 'new' and dynamic modes of governance where centres of authority are diffuse and state-market-civil society distinctions blur. We explore changing modes of climate and environmental policy and governance within and between the international, regional, national and local levels of analysis. The course illustrates these ongoing processes through the use of practical examples and case studies from both developed and developing countries. The lectures and seminars engage critically with the core readings and showcase the wide-range of research being undertaken within the Sustainability Research Institute.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
1. Explain the nature, influence and limits of different climate and environmental policy and governance strategies and approaches.
2. Evaluate the significance of scale in climate and environmental governance.
3. Critique the different roles that governments, markets and civil society actors can play in influencing climate and environmental policy and governance.
4. Identify and appraise cross-cutting issues such as community governance and conservation, social justice and decarbonisation, and the governance of the Anthropocene.
5. Demonstrate improved critical thinking, written, group collaboration and public communication skills.


Part I: Introduction to climate and environmental policy instruments

1. Introduction to climate and environmental policy instruments
2. Introduction to climate change mitigation
3. Policy for climate change mitigation
4. Policy and governance for climate change adaptation

Part II: Theory and conceptual debates

5. Global environmental governance
6. Climate and environmental policy integration
7. Multi-scale environmental governance

Part III: Cross-Cutting Issues and Future Directions

8. Non-governmental and community governance
9. Social justice and decarbonisation
10. Environmental policy and governance in the Anthropocene

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours118.50
Total Contact hours31.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study
- 6 hours reading per lecture/seminar (60 hours)
- Preparation for exam (58.5 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

MCQs, practice exam questions, and an exam prep workshop/seminar.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment5 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)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: 29/04/2024 16:20:31


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