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Postgraduate Course: Ecosystems and Governance (BIME11093)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryDespite the large number of international conventions that individually and collectively provide a substantial framework for sustainable and joined-up environmental protection, there is currently deep concern that this framework is not fulfilling its environmental governance purpose. While many international conventions have had a clear and measureable impact on aspects of the environment such as migratory species, wetlands etc, there have been calls recently for a complete rethink on global environmental governance policy. The United Nations Environment Programme attempted to conceptualise a simpler approach when it released its four pillar framework (2010- 2013):

┐ International cooperation
┐ Strengthened national laws and institutions
┐ Sustainable regional and national development
┐ Access to sound science

This course will look at the history of environmental governance since the 1970┐s, the implementation and impact of key conventions and why these are deemed to have fallen short of ┐global┐ targets. We will explore the options for the future direction of environmental governance and how politics, law, science and practice can realign to achieve the environmental targets of the 21st Century.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Blocks 4-5 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) This course will be run via the online environment, Learn.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% online assessment
60% written assessment
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the student is expected to:
- Understand the history of environmental governance
- Identify key synergies and potential conflicts between environmental conventions
- Appreciate the current challenges to global governance
- Understand the role of science in environmental decision making
- Appreciate the need for unrestricted access to such information
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEnvironmental governance, Environmental justice, Multilateralism, Commons, Evidence based decision m
Contacts
Course organiserMr Robert Thomas
Tel:
Email: rthomas5@staffmail.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Sandford
Tel: (0131 6)51 5470
Email: Lauren.Sandford@ed.ac.uk
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