Module Identifier BSM0610  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Peter Wathern  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mrs Lesley K Langstaff, Dr Aileen R Smith  
Course delivery Lecture   15 Hours. 15 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours. Seminar. 5 x 1 hour Sustainability  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Assignment: Sustainability  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay   

Learning outcomes

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


With this module we aim to make sure that you:

To provide an introduction to the nature and purpose of economics and the contribution that economics can make to the
analysis of environmental issues and the formulation of environmental policies.


We will look at the history and concept of sustainability and its development at the international level. At a national level, governments are increasingly committing themselves to sustainability and at a local level community groups and local government are starting to develop plans to ensure that local development is sustainable. So we will discuss sustainability at both these levels as well. One tool being used to help determine what is sustainable is Strategic Environmental Assessment. This is the environmental assessment of policies, plans and programmes and we will explore it in detail and see how it fits in with the needs of sustainability at the local and global levels.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Department of Environment (1994) Environment Appraisal of Development Plans : A Good Practice Guide HMSO, London 0117528668
Kuik, O & K. Verbruggen (eds). (1991) In Search of Indicators of Sustainable Development Kluwer Academic Publishers, London 079231249X
Lafferty, W & K. Eckerberg (eds) (1998) From the Earth Summit to Local Agenda 21 : Working Towards Sustainable Development Earthscan, London 1853835471
Local Government Management Board (1994) Community Participation in Local Agenda 21 Local Government Management Board, London X801689995
Local Government Management Board (1995) Local Agenda 21: Principles and Process: A step by Step Guide Local Government Management Boards, Luton 0748896899
Pearce, D (ed) (1993) Blueprint 3: Measuring Sustainable Development Earthscan, London 18353831832
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (1996) A Step by Step Guide to Environmental Appraisal RSPB, Sandy X801465078
Therivel, R., & Partidario, M R (1996) The Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment Earthscan Publications Ltd 18538833738
Therivel, R., Wilson, E., Thompson, S., Heaney, D & Pritchard, D. (1992) Strategic Environmental Assessment Earthscan Publications Ltd 1853831466


This module is at CQFW Level 7