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Business & The Environment - ENV00050M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Fiona Dickson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

The module aims to introduce students to:

  1. the evolving relationship between business and the environment from policy, regulatory, liability, governance, stakeholder, supply chain and sustainability perspectives;
  2. current and emerging techniques and tools used in the management of the environmental aspects and impacts of industrial, manufacturing and service sector businesses; and
  3. key principles and practices designed to promote the development of sustainable products, processes and services.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should have:

  • An understanding of the principal factors influencing the evolution of business practices from an environment and sustainability perspective and have developed some critical perspectives on those issues;
  • Knowledge of the principal techniques and tools used in the management of the environmental aspects and impacts of different business sectors (industrial, manufacturing and service) and some experience of their practical application through case studies and workshop exercises;
  • A basic framework of principles and practices that can be applied to the design, development and implementation of (more) environmentally sustainable products, processes and services.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
2,000 word essay
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment Project report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on the draft report will be provided to the group in class and as written comments on returned work (copied to each individual) within two weeks or submission.

Feedback on the report will be provided in the form of written comments (copied to each individual) at standard turnaround times (4 weeks).

Feedback on the presentation will be provided individually at standard turnaround times (4 weeks)

Indicative reading

  • The Earthscan Reader in Business and Sustainable Development , ed. Welford and Starkey, January 2000, Routledge;
  • The Business Guide to Sustainability: Practical Strategies and Tools for Organisations , Hitchcock and Willard, 2nd Edition, July 2009, Routledge;
  • Cents and Sustainability: Securing our Common Future by Decoupling Economic Growth from Environmental Pressure , Smith, Hargroves, Desha, July 2010, Routledge;
  • Factor Five: Transforming the Global Economy Through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity , von Weizsacker, Hargroves, Smith, Desha and Stasinopoulos, December 2009, Routledge;
  • Manual of European Environmental Policy , Institute for European Environmental Policy, April 2012, Routledge (electronic product).

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