ENVIRONMENTAL LAW - 2017/8
Module code: ENGM061
Centre for Environment & Sustainability
MALCOLM RN Prof (Schl of Law)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 40
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ASSIGNMENT AT END OF MODULE||100%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module provides study of the law relevant to environmental pollution.
To provide an understanding and critical awareness of the foundational principles of the legal system related to the protection of the environment in context
To identify and critically assess the framework of environmental law at UK, EU and international level
To critically assess the law relating to protection of land, air, waste, water and wildlife and biodiversity
To critically assess the role of law in solving problems of environmental pollution and in achieving compliance and enforcement.
|Understand the key characteristics of environmental law.||KC|
|Be able to handle complex problems of pollution of the environment involving corporate and private interests.||KCPT|
|Have critical awareness of the policy context for environmental law||CPT|
|Have critical understanding of the role of EU and international law in the operation of environmental law||KCPT|
|Demonstrate an ability to analyse and discuss in a reasoned and cogent manner the principles of environmental law||CT|
|Apply the principles of environmental law so as to be able to propose and evaluate alternative solutions to practical fact based problems||CPT|
|Be able to present legal information effectively, according to accepted practice and convention||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Regulatory frameworks for environmental law at UK, EU and international level.
The civil courts: actions for damages
Criminal procedures and actions (roles of evidence, expert evidence, prosecuting and defending environmental claims, court-room scenario)
Enforcement and compliance (Environmental Liability Directive, water and waste laws)
Substantive pollution laws in outline at EU level e.g. water law, waste law, atmospheric pollution, biodiversity law, land use planning and environmental impact assessment.
Planning inquiries: practice and procedure, participative exercise.
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide through lectures (19 hours), court-room scenario exercises (3 hours), use of videos and films (2.5 hours), discussion seminars (4.5 hours), a debate (1 hour) and a mock planning inquiry (5 hours) an understanding of the way in which the legal system operates and how it deals with environmental pollution.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, in accordance with the Learning Outcomes, their acquired knowledge, critical awareness of the key principles and policies studied in this Module, their ability to evaluate and also to apply their acquired knowledge and critical awareness to the resolution of hypothetical legal problems.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the way in which the legal system operates and how it deals with environmental pollution. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a selection of case study critiques of legal problems and analysis of legal principle.Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of coursework which will require the students to answer set questions. They will have choice within the coursework as to which questions to select.
Formative assessment and feedback
The module takes place over an intensive week with extensive opportunity for feedback during the week. Advance reading is set and discussion takes place before and after the intensive week via Surrey Learn and individual email contact. During the week small exercises are set for group discussion and feedback as preparation for the summative assessment
Reading list for ENVIRONMENTAL LAW : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm061
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.