Module Identifier BSM3610  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Aileen R Smith  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Engobo Emeseh  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 2h lecture/seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment An essay of 3000 words  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should:


The module will cover a number of different areas of law: processes; categories; legislative tools; theories and principles. It may appear that there is little to link some areas of law together, however, the assessment title is designed to draw in the various strands from each area.

In the law making process the very first stage must be the idea that something requires legislative action. Another part of teh module explores the evolution of teh way in which society has viewed environmentalism. Environmental legislation is usually based upon some founding principles; these are explored in the final part of the module, providing students with international, European and domestic examples of these principles. Once it is decided that action is required in the environmental field, thought must be given to the most appropiate means of achieving the desired result. Should the market be left to find the solution of should the legislator intervene with strictly enforceable targets? The module will explore the alternatives. If legislation is the method chosen, how does the executive get its ideas through Parliament and how will the Courts deal with it if it comes before them? The initial part of the module addresses these questions.


The module aims to equip students with a science background with a basic understanding of aspects of the English Legal System to enable them to appreciate the framework in which environmental law operates. It will also provide students with knowledge about the theories and principles which underlie environmental law and policy and ways and means of creating laws that will achieve environmental goals.

Students may subsequently build on their knowledge in the second semester by choosing subject/topic specific modules from the Distance Learning postgrauate degree offered by the Department of Law.

Brief description

Masters level module that introduces students to the legal system in England and Wales and focuses on environmental law.

Module Skills

Problem_solving Environmental legal problems will be used as examples in lectures and in interactive exercises. it is proposed that the assessment will also include aspects of problem solving.  
Research skills Students will be expected to carry out research in addition to the reading that is assigned. Students will need to carry out further research in order to be able to complete the assessment.  
Communication Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the interactive aspects of the lectures. Their written communication skills will also be developed through the assessment.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students should throughout the duration of the course build upon their learning and performance. This will be facilitated through their own reading and research as well as exercises in lectures.  
Team work Will be developed where students work in group on class exercises.  
Information Technology Students will need to use IT resources for research and to produce their essays.  
Application of Number N/A  
Personal Development and Career planning N/A  
Subject Specific Skills To think critically about the legal system and how this functions viv-a-vis environmental law and environmental protection.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Bell & McGillivray (2005) Environmental Law
Birnie and Boyle (2002) International Law and the Environmental OUP
Wolf and Stanley on Environmental Law


This module is at CQFW Level 7