Module Identifier LAM5110  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mrs Marion I Arnold  
Semester Available all semesters  
Other staff Mrs Lillian Stevenson, Mrs Marion I Arnold  

Brief description

The aim of this module is to provide a foundation in environmental science for those students who have not studied this subject before. It assumes a basic understanding of English Law. It is designed to take the mystery out of scientific jargon and to provide the student with sufficient insight to be able to question whether a given legal measure is likely to be able to achieve its environmental objective. The module examines the nature of science ? its philosophy, the meaning of scientific proof and the use of statistics. It also attempts to put environmental science in a social science setting and questions the importance of science in the formulation of environmental policy. It invites the student to consider the role of science in environmental management and to examine different approaches to scientific problems such as ecocentrism and technocentrism.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Arms, Karen Environmental Science edition 2r.e. . Saunders Coll.Pub.,U.S. 0030985692
Chalmers, A.F. What is This Thing Called Science? edition 3r.e. . Open U.P. 0335201091
Freeman Science in Court Ashgate 1840140399
Jones, Carol A. G. Expert witnesses Clarendon Press 019825797X
Lunney Zoology in court Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 095999517X
Milton Environmentalism Routledge 0415094755
O'Riordan, Timothy Interpreting the Precautionary Principle Cameron May 1874698457
Thomas, B.A. Evolution and palaeobiology of land plants Croom Helm 0709924763
Acid Rain in Europe Earthscan Publications 1853834432
Global Marine Biological Diversity Island P.,U.S. 1559632569
** Supplementary Text
Chalmers, A.F. What is This Thing Called Science? edition 3r.e. . Open U.P. 0335201091

** Recommended Text
Journal of Environmental Law
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Medicine, science and the law

Web Page/Sites
Appendix G of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollutions 21st Report, setting Environmental S
Environmental law review
New Agriculturist On-Line
Press Release from the Home Office
Press Releases from DETR
RWMAC 1999 Advice to Ministers
** Supplementary Text
About EUR-Lex - the portal to European Union law
Help Guide to Lexis/Nexis
Help Guide to Westlaw
Introduction to Information Resources for Law Distance Learners
Locating full-text European Union case law via Lexis, Westlaw & EUR-Lex
Subject Information & Links for Law
UWA Electronic Journals
UWA Electronic Resources


This module is at CQFW Level 7