Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Distance Learning

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Private study on DL units 70 Preparation and submission of assignment 25 Additional research and private study 25


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment One essay of 5000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Display knowledge of the international regime for the management of nuclear power generation and its application in the UK and critically assess its relevance for environmental protection.
2. Display knowledge of the international regulatory regime for radiological protection and evaluate its effectiveness for achieving environmental protection.
3. Critically evaluate the environmental impacts of each stage of the nuclear fuel cycle and assess the effectiveness of existing laws and regulations for addressing any negative impacts.
4. Display knowledge of the technical and ethical issues related to long term management of radioactive waste and evaluate socio-legal approaches applied by a range of nuclear states.
5. Critically assess the effect of the international regime on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons on the development of nuclear power in a range of nuclear and non-nuclear states.

Brief description

Nuclear power is increasingly being promoted as a low carbon source of energy. The increased cost of fossil fuels and issues of security of energy supply add to the attraction. This module will enable students to study the legal regime governing the nuclear power cycle from mining of the ore through operation of the power stations to management of the radioactive waste generated and to consider the policy issues from an environmental perspective.

1. Nuclear Power Generation
2. Radiological Protection
3. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
4. Radioactive Waste Management
5. Non-proliferation issues

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication is developed by the presentation of information and argument in written answers and in a more informal way by the use of Blackboard to encourage communication among students and between students and staff. Oral communication skills are developed at the residential study schools.
Improving own Learning and Performance Distance learning, by its very nature, requires strong individual learning and performance structures and this module further develops key skills in this area.
Information Technology The module is delivered almost entirely by distance learning which relies heavily on the use of electronic information resources and on-line learning and teaching.
Personal Development and Career planning Independent learning enhances time management skills. Studying the module will also develop an enhanced capacity for critical thought and the ability to work independently.
Problem solving By the examination and discussion of actual and hypothetical case studies.
Research skills By analysis of relevant international conventions and appreciation of the context in which they have been adopted, as well as relevant case law.
Subject Specific Skills None
Team work Team working skills will be developed in group activities and discussions at the residential study schools


This module is at CQFW Level 7