SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K423965
Module Leader Caroline Gallagher
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to give the student a thorough understanding of the complexities surrounding environmental policy and governance and the role of legislation, regulations and voluntary tools in promoting a more sustainable future. It explores the influence of different forms of environmental policy and regulation operating across multiple levels of governance and the role of environmental evaluation (monitoring and assessment).


The Global context of environmental policy and governance as a mechanism to promote sustainability The influence of politics on environmental issues and the rise of the 'green agenda' The role of the green and circular economy in promoting sustainability Trans-border environmental pollution and the role of the European Union Regulations, directives and recommendations as applied to EU Environmental member state legislation Land, water and air pollution legislation Role of building regulations in promoting sustainability in the Built Environment Environmental Planning Law-policy guidance and development control/development management The role of Environmental Assessment -Environmental impact Assessment and Sustainable Environmental Assessment -Environmental Management Systems (ISO14001, Eco Campus and EMAS)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:Appreciate the global drive for sustainability and the need for international, national and local actionAppraise the role of policy intervention and multi-level governance in promoting effective environmental policies Understand the role of the green economy as a means of promoting environmental sustainabilityShow understanding of the role of the European Union as a driver of environmental compliance and the influence of regulations, directives and recommendation on Member State legislation Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal requirements for environmental protection (air, water and land) and building regulations (energy, materials)Reflecting on Environmental Planning Law appraise the function of Local Plans and Structure Plans in determining the location of developmentComprehend the issues associated with planning applications and reflect this back to Environmental Planning LawAppreciate and show knowledge of the application of environmental instruments such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Sustainable Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) as tools that can promote environmental protection

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. The teaching approach will encourage critical thinking through relevant case study analysis and visits from industrial practitioners and regulators.

Indicative Reading

Bell S, McGillivray D., Pedersen O. (2013) Environmental Law, OUP Oxford. British Standards Institute (2003), Environmental Overview, Online. Available HTTP:<http://emea.bsi-global.com/Environment/index.xalter> Evans J.P. (2011) Environmental Governance, Taylor and Francis. Fisher E., Lange B. (2013) Environmental Law: Text, Cases and Materials; OUP Oxford. Glasson J. et al (2011) Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, , Routledge. Jordan A, and Adelle C (2013) Environmental Policy in the EU, Earthscan, Routledge. Macrory R.B. (2014) Regulation, Enforcement and Governance in Environmental Law, Hart Publishing Ltd, Oxford. Martin P. et al. (2012) Environmental Governance and Sustainability; Elgar Online. McAllister A., McMaster R., Prior. A. And Watchman. J.: Scottish Planning Law; Bloomsbury professional 2011 McCormick, J. and McDowell, E. (eds) (1999), Enviromment Scotland: Prospects for Sustainability, Aldershot, Ashgate Moosa I.A., Ramiah V. (2014) The costs and benefits of environmental regulation, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. Newton A. and Contarello E., (2014) An Introduction to the Green Economy, Taylor and Francis. Snell C, and Haq G (2014) The short guide to environmental policy, Policy Press, Bristol. Therivel R., (2010) Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action, Routledge. Journal of Environmental Management Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Journal of Environmental Policy and Governance Environmantal Impact Assessment Review Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving Group working and presentation skills Independent working Communication skills: written, oral and listening

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Formal exam (exams office)
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Critical appraisal of topical environmental policy issue