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Undergraduate Course: Environmental Law (LAWS10235)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to and overview of environmental law in Scotland, examining the historical development of environmental protection from a legal perspective, the key legal tools and techniques that are employed to regulate environmentally harmful activities or to protect species, habitats or ecosystem, and the related enforcement mechanisms.
Course description 1. Introduction to the History and Sources of Environmental Law
2. Regulating Polluting Activities
3. Waste Reduction and Management
4. Environmental Assessment
5. Wildlife Crime
6. Animal Welfare
7. Protected Areas
8. Environmental Democracy and Justice (public participation, access to justice, and governance)
9. Human Rights and the Environment
10. Climate Change
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  32
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by a presentation (30%) and an essay (70%).
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will obtain a critical understanding of key rules and principles in relation to the prevention of environmental harm, as well as a knowledge and understanding of the challenges of ensuring effective implementation and enforcement.
  2. Students will develop an appreciation of the different sources of legal obligation that may apply to the protection of the environment (e.g. delict, criminal law, administrative law, human rights law, international law) and how they may interact in practice. Students will also develop the ability to find and interpret relevant source materials, including treaties, legislation and case law.
  3. Students will develop the ability to critically analyse source materials and to build a balanced and reasoned argument
  4. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and debate, thereby developing fundamental communication skills, including the ability to formulate clear and precise questions and to articulate clear and precise answers using appropriate legal terminology
Reading List
C Reid, Nature Conservation Law (Green 2009)
F McManus, Environmental Law in Scotland: an introduction and guide (EUP 2016)
L Fisher, Research Handbook on Fundamental Concepts of Environmental Law (Edward Elgar 2016)
E Fisher, B Lange, and E Scotford, Environmental Law: Text, Cases and Materials (OUP 2019)
Journal of Environmental Law
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr James Harrison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2040
Course secretaryMs Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
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