Module Details

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Title Politics of the Environment
Code ENVS525
Coordinator Professor DP Shaw
Geography and Planning
David.Shaw@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

This module is designed to critically evaluate the political responses to the growing impacts that environmental issues and the concept of sustainability are having on decision making at all levels of governance (international, national and local) and other spheres of decision making which impact on the environment. More specifically the module aims to:

Develop a critical understanding of the growing importance of environmental and sustainable development thinking in decision-making processes;

Explore different environmental attitudes, values and perspectives and examine the impact on various environmental perspectives;

Develop a critical understanding of the opportunities and limitations of environmental decision making international dimension of environmental politics and its impact on nation states;

Understand the role that environmental pressure groups have in shaping political decisions at the international, national and local levels of governance;

< p>Critically evaluate the policy responses at national and local levels to the new emerging environmental agenda;

Explore the role and impact of other decision makers on environmental agendas.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A critical appreciation of how environmental issues are being addressed at all levels of government

(LO2) A critical understanding of different environmental values and attitudes and the way that these impact upon political philosophy and decision making

(LO3) A critical understanding of the way that various environmental interest groups impact on political and other decision-making processes

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) International awareness

(S3) Ethical awareness


Syllabus

 

In trying to make some sense of these dimensions six key themes will be explored during this module. Whilst they are dealt with discretely it must always be remembered that there are key inter-linkages between the themes:

The growth of an environmental agenda, meanings of sustainable development, and the importance of different and contested environmental philosophies, values and ethics;

The extent to which the international community recognizes acknowledges and responds to environmental concerns;

The role of the European Union in promoting environmental agendas;

The response of national and local governments to the sustainable development agenda;

The role and importance of environmental pressure groups and their impact on political decision making;

Towards environmental co-responsibility; the business and community's response to the environmental agenda.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning is based around providing core information, through lectures about how environmental agendas are incoporated, or not, into key decison making processes, within public private and civil society. Some of these issues are then explored in more detail through workshops which enables students to exchange perspectives with each other and develop a better understanding some of the complexities of decision-making with respect to the environment. The frameworks provided enable students to better appreciate how the environment is considered in decison-making processes.
This is facilitated by the group dynamics which is drawn from many different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds leading to an interesting and varied exchange of views and perspectives.

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description:
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description:
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 24

  4

      28
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 122
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Online Open Book Exam There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): Final    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): First    50       

Recommended Texts

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