Environment, Politics and Society

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Emma Foster

The aim of the course is to give the student an understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of the environmental, social and political aspects of green issues.

Key aspects of the course will be to consider the nature and policy details of environmental issues, the ways that environmental policy is socially constructed and the role and limitations of science in the environment, the role of environmental interest groups, how sustainable development and related concepts can be applied, and green political and social theory. Some key topics will be studied including population policy, water privatisation, climate change and corporate social responsibility.

Learning Outcomes 

Outcomes will include the development of the student’s abilities to identify key influences on environmental and green practice and to be able to critically analyse environmental issues using social science theoretical tools. This will be achieved partly by a study of key theoretical concepts such as sustainable development and green political theory but also attention to key, selected issues.


  • Term One/Two: Presentation (15%)
  • Term One: 1 x 3,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 2 hour examination (35%)