Postgraduate Course: Environmental and Renewable Energy Law (Practical Elective) (LAWS11442)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course aims to provide students with insight into the role of the environmental and/or renewable energy lawyer and the scope of environmental law and renewable energy law in Scotland. The course also covers UK, European and international aspects where relevant. The course considers key substantive environmental issues, components of environmental and renewable energy legal practice, and has a focus on essential skills to be an effective environmental lawyer and to work as a lawyer in the field of renewable energy.
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
- understand in greater detail key environmental issues including climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution;
- understand the role of an environmental lawyer, the policy frameworks and the scope of environmental law in Scotland;
- analyse and discuss environmental issues both in Scotland and globally;
- understand the law and policy surrounding renewable energy in Scotland;
- understand the legal steps involved in a renewable energy project;
- understand the methods for presenting cases and resolving disputes in the practice of environmental law and renewable energy law;
- appreciate the interaction between environmental law and renewable energy law with other areas of the law;
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 4 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Other Study Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 1,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
On average, students are expected to spend four hours a week completing independent study activities
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The Environmental and Renewable Energy Law elective is assessed by continuous assessment. Students will receive a percentage mark for the whole course. «br /»
30% is based on performance in the 6 workshops. 70% is based on two written assessments.
||Feedback is provided to student in various forms. Students will receive verbal feedback from tutors on in-class presentations, general comments on class assignments when these are handed back in class and, in general, on class performance, mainly looking at the class as a whole. Students also receive specific written feedback on assignments, where necessary.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand in greater detail key environmental issues including climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution. Analyse and discuss environmental issues both in Scotland and globally.
- Understand the role of an environmental lawyer, the policy frameworks and the scope of environmental law in Scotland.
- Understand the law and policy surrounding renewable energy in Scotland.
- Understand the legal steps involved in a renewable energy project.
- Understand the methods for presenting cases and resolving disputes in the practice of environmental law and renewable energy law. Appreciate the interaction between environmental law and renewable energy law with other areas of the law.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||All elective courses on the Diploma require students to develop the following skills
Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry
- problem solving
- analytical thinking
- critical thinking
- independent research
- the ability to handle complexity and ambiguity
Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
- ethics and social responsibility
- self-awareness and reflection
- independent learning and development
- creativity and inventive thinking
- decision making
Skills and abilities in Communication
- interpersonal skills
- verbal communication and presentation
- written communication
- influencing and negotiation skills
Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
- planning, organising and time management
- commercial / professional / situational awareness
- team working
- assertiveness and confidence
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Six workshops, each lasting three hours over weeks 1-6 of the course.
In the final week of the course, students complete self-led learning in the form of a field trip and research paper.
|Keywords||Diploma. Practical Elective,Environmental and Renewable Energy
|Course organiser||Ms Laura McBrien
|Course secretary||Ms Margaret Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)50 2004