Module details for Environmental Policy and Regulation


The module will allow the student to develop an extensive understanding of how policy works and how it can be used to manage, safe-guard and regulate the impact on the environment by human activity within an ever-moving global economy, new technologies and how society faces more complex and environmental issues.


The aim of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of environmental policy, how it is structured and applied to regulate human impact on the environment, and to understand how policy can be applied to minimise impact.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify specific environmental policies, approach the policy in an informed, methodical and critical manner in order to use policy effectively.

2.  Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of local organisations, statutory and non-statutory bodies and how they impact and regulate policy.

3.  Demonstrate an ability to analyse policy from local to global scale and apply these to environmental issues at the local to global scale.

4.  Demonstrate an ability to communicate, by use of written reports, the application of policy in regards to specific human activities or development practices and their impact on the environment.

5.  Demonstrate a clear understanding of the nature, causes and implications of environmental issues, in order to access the problem and use of specific environmental policy.

Indicative Content

1 EIA Policy

Analysis of the present local policy in relation to EIAs, engineering, sustainable development and precautionary principle by production of an essay

2 Global Human Impact

Production of a written summary of global human impact on the environment and ways in which specific policies can manage, regulate and mitigate the impacts. Use of a specific example.

3 Changing Policy

Illustrate an understanding of shifting and evolving environmental policy by participating in a group debate on a topical issue.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 104
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.