Module code: LAW2049

Module Overview

Environmental Law in Action (ELA) will use a case-study approach to provide students with the principles underpinning the legal system relating to the protection of the environment. It will introduce students to the sources, aims, content and impact of relevant environmental law.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

MALCOLM Rosalind (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content


  • Context of Environmental Law

  • Biodiversity and Wildlife

  • Town & Country Planning/Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Regulatory Regimes

  • Environmental Offences and Sanctions

  • Cleaning Up Past, Present and Future Pollution

  • Environmental Information and Public Participation and the Right to a Clean Environment

  • Using the Precautionary Principle

  • Providing Clean Water and Sanitation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3,000 WORD COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, in accordance with the Learning Outcomes, their acquired knowledge, critical awareness of the key principles and policies studied in this Module, their ability to evaluate and also to apply their acquired knowledge and critical awareness to the resolution of hypothetical legal problems.

The assessment address all learning outcomes listed above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework for Semester 1 which will require the students to answer set questions

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback on their performance during seminars.  In addition they will undertake a written formative 1000 word coursework assessment, during Semester 1, on which they will receive individual written feedback and group verbal feedback. This written formative assessment will be designed to give the students practice in writing an answer to either an essay or problem question which is similar in style and content to what they can expect in their summative assessment.


Module aims

  • To provide an understanding and critical awareness of the foundational principles of the legal system related to the protection of the environment in context
  • To identify and critically assess the framework of environmental law at UK, EU and international level
  • To critically assess the law relating to protection of land, water and wildlife and biodiversity
  • To critically assess the role of law in solving problems of environmental pollution

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the key characteristics of environmental law in action.  KC
002 Be able to handle complex problems of pollution of the environment involving corporate and private interests. KCPT
003 Have critical awareness of the policy context for environmental law CPT
004 Have critical understanding of the role of EU and international law in the operation of environmental law KCPT
005 Demonstrate an ability to analyse and discuss in a reasoned and cogent manner the principles of environmental law CT
006 Apply the principles of environmental law so as to be able to propose and evaluate alternative solutions to practical fact based problems CPT
007 Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral form T
008 Be able to present legal information effectively, according to accepted practice and convention CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce topics, with particular emphasis on key areas of the syllabus, through the use of case studies, debates, news clips, TV programmes and films, and mock planning inquiries

Facilitate a more detailed study of the syllabus by directed independent study of selected legislation, case law and other texts and directed preparation of focussed seminar questions

Enhance student’s understanding and critical awareness by group discussion during seminars

Facilitate student’s revision of key areas of law and coursework preparation by the submission of written formative coursework which will, where possible, engage with the essay and publication competitions run by the UK Environmental Law Association

The learning and teaching methods include:

Seminars (3 x 11 hours).  Seminars will take place in 3 hour blocks on a weekly basis.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.