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Environmental Policy - From Global to Local - ENV00026I

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Joana Goncalves Pereira Da Cruz
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module aims to provide students with:

An understanding of the complex theoretical and practical issues associated with the environment as a major policy problem e.g. the main human causes of environmental problems, their effect on people/communities, and the impact of different policy solutions in both environmental and human terms

Knowledge of how to use social and political perspectives to analyse the making of global, national and local environmental policy, and an understanding of different approaches used to generate evidence and policy within this field, and the ability to analyse these critically.

The development of key transferable skills, such as presenting complex ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing, the ability to think critically about evidence sources and claims, the development of basic policy analysis skills

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts in the study of environmental policy
  • Understand some of the key challenges facing policy-makers when designing and implementing environmental protection policies
  • Be able to present clear and cogent argument and analysis of environmental issues, both orally and in writing


Generic / Employability Skills:

The module provides understanding of the need for, and application of, environmental policy in a global and local context.

The module provides understanding and experience that will be relevant for use in the following sectors:

  • Environmental management
  • Local and national government



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
24 Hours Environment Policy - From Global to Local
N/A 70
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Presentation
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
24 Hours Environment Policy - From Global to Local (Reassessment)
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students are provided with on-going feedback via seminars and detailed individual feedback on their summative assessments as well as generic feedback provided through the VLE.

Indicative reading

Aggarwal-Khan, S., 2011. The policy process in international environmental governance. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cairney, P., 2016. The politics of evidence-based policy making. Springer.

Carter, N., 2018. The politics of the environment: Ideas, activism, policy. Cambridge University Press.

Roberts, J., 2011. Environmental Policy (2nd ed.). Routledge Introductions to Environment Series. Abingdon: Routledge.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.