Courses Catalogue

Environmental Law And Ethics

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

This module will enable students to apply their understanding of environmental problems and assess potential solutions through the application of law, policy, and management. The lecture sessions will introduce and analyse the theoretical development and structure of a legislative theme, followed up with an assessment of the application and management of the law through discussion of case studies.


The over-riding philosophy of the course is to explore how the application and enforcement of legislation and regulation can lead to positive environmental changes in the industrial and domestic sectors.


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

Explain the relationship between environmental management and law.

Outline the theory behind national and international environmental legislation, environmental policy, and the environmental regulatory system.

Explain the relationship between the range of stakeholders and the application of law and management.

Develop a practical understanding of environmental legislation and to understand how it can lead to improved environmental performance in business and society.

Outline the role of environmental management systems in reducing environmental impacts from business.


A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

The need for both a multi-disciplinary and an interdisciplinary approach in advancing knowledge and understanding of Earth systems, drawing, as appropriate, from the natural and the social sciences

The contribution of environmental science to debate on environmental issues and how knowledge of these forms the basis for informed concern about the Earth and its people

The contribution of environmental science to the development of knowledge of the world we live in

The applicability of environmental science to the world of work

Recognising and using subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts and principles

Analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, including prior research