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Postgraduate Course: Understanding Environmental Law (BIME11147)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery 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
SummaryThis course explores the interpretation of legal frameworks at the national and international level and how these translate into the protection of biodiversity, wildlife and ecosystem health.
Course description Increasing awareness of and concern for the natural environment and the impacts of human activities led to an expansion of legal frameworks through the 20th and into the 21st Century to govern the protection of both biotic and abiotic environments. This course investigates the hierarchy of protective measures and instruments from international conventions and agreements to legislation at the regional and state level. This is not a law course but instead students will explore the connection between overarching international environmental commitments and the delivery and enforcement of regulations relating to biodiversity, wildlife and ecosystem health.

We will look at the scope of issues and environmental priorities at state level and the means and extent to which these are addressed, and upheld. The course will explore the capacity of national authorities and agencies to deliver environmental protection across a number of themes including: protected areas and species, 'obligations to the commons' of atmosphere, marine and transboundary impacts, and environmental justice. The course involves a strong element of self-directed study where students will have the opportunity to investigate their own national environmental law landscape.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2019
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Assignment 60%«br /»
Online Assignment 40%«br /»
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Specific assessment items will be developed each year to address the LOs from the course. This will allow flexibility in terms of the focus of assignments, to ensure the topics are current and of relevance/importance in this field of study.«br /»
Feedback Each assignment will receive formative feedback to accompany and support the summative mark given. All feedback will be communicated through Turnitin Grademark.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the major international treaties relating to the environment.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how the translation of international treaties into national legal frameworks.
  3. To critically analyse the interaction of national and international legislation in relation to environmental and species protection.
  4. Investigate and describe the implementation of environmental laws at the home state level.
Reading List
Resources will be generated during course delivery.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Personal and intellectual autonomy
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
KeywordsEnvironmental law,international,legal framework
Course organiserMr Robert Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3508
Course secretaryMr Andrew Le Tissier
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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