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;
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.