Courses Catalogue

Environmental Law And Policy

COURSE CODE: ENV2108
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Law and policy plays a major role in the conservation and management of natural resources as well as pollution control. This course intends to introduce the students to the vast field of Environmental Law and Policy. The course would be divided into three broad areas. The first part would cover the basic concepts and principles of Environmental Law. This would include judicial precedents, which now forms an essential part of environmental jurisprudence. The second part would be divided into specific introductory modules on forests and wild life including bio-diversity related laws; Air and Water related laws including mega projects and marine laws; and laws relating to hazardous substances. The third part would discuss the developments at the international level in the field of environmental law. At the end of the course it is expected that the students would be familiar with the overall Environmental Law and Policy regime of the country as well as its international obligations. It is expected that the case studies would equip them with basic knowledge and skills to understand environmental law issues.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

The need to focuses on the basic legislative and policy requirements for environmental protection in Uganda and international contexts.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  explain the role of law, policy and institutions in the conservation and management of natural resources as well as pollution control

§  introduce the laws and policies both at the national and international level relating to environment

§  equip students with the skills needed for interpreting laws, policies and judicial  decisions

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  be familiar with the laws, policies and institutions in the field of environment

§  acquire the skills needed for interpreting laws, policies and judicial decisions in a holistic perspective

§  acquire the ability to evaluate the role of law and policy in conservation and management of natural resources and prevention of pollution