Courses Catalogue

Biodiversity Legislation, Policy And Patenting

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Science
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The overall goal of the course is to provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills to complex problems and issues involving biodiversity in academic, government, or industries. It focuses on the basic legislative and policy requirements for environmental protection in Uganda and international contexts. Different legislative approaches and the role of planning and policy in the regulation of development are explored, and case studies are analysed in demonstrating the role of legislation in environmental protection. It further discusses significant environmental issues such as pollution control, climate change, conservation and biodiversity.


This course aims to provide a critical and conceptually sophisticated understanding of biodiversity science and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments, within which management and policy decisions are made. The course design is informed by the recognition that biodiversity conservation, as a domain of science and policy, needs to become more contextual and multi-level in its conception.


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

  • Impart knowledge on the policies, legislations, institutional frame work and enforcement mechanisms for environmental management
  • Explain the role of law, policy and institutions in the conservation and management of natural resources as well as pollution control
  • Discuss the role of legislation and policy in the protection of the environment;
  •  Introduce the laws and policies both at the national and international level relating to environment
  • Identify the various institutions and actors involved in the protection of the environment;
  •  equip the students with the skills needed for interpreting laws, policies and judicial decisions
  • Describe the different mechanisms established to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and identify means of their enforcement;
  • Identify the major principles of environmental law, recognizing the legal and practical issues surrounding their definition;


A doctoral student completing the course is expected to:

  • Identify the variety of our enormous biological resources in relation to their various ecological settings;
  • Describe the environmental rights and obligations created under the environmental legislation and policies;
  • Identify the challenges to compliance with environmental legislation and policy.
  • Describe, comprehend and evaluate issues in biodiversity within the context of the majorconcepts    in    biodiversity    at    various    spatial    (global/local)    and    temporal    scales (historical/future predictions).
  • Critically  contrast  ideas  within  a  team  toward  a  common  goal  of  solving  a  current biodiversity issue for an external client.
  • Synthesize knowledge and effectively communicate in both written and oral forms about a specific biodiversity issue for their client.
  • Outline how international environmental law is incorporated into environmental policies of national and state governments
  • Examine and analyse legal approaches to pollution control, environmental planning and natural resource management
  • Explore politico-economic issues underlying environmental policy formulation at an international and domestic level
  • Critically examine implementation issues associated with environmental regulation and environmental regimes
  • Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of biodiversity law and policy.