Environmental Governance

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 21780

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Pre-requisite modules 03 23438 Environmental Assessment and Management

Module description

This module examines the ways in which uses of the natural environment are regulated, from policy and law to market-based approaches, through the concept of governance. Based around governance the module considers how relationships between capitalist societies and the natural resources and environments on which they depend are currently organized (eg. through policies, law/regulation, discourses of sustainability and environmental modernization and so on), and what alternatives might be considered. Themes to be explored include: theories of environmental governance; environmental policy – local, regional, national, global case studies; environment and capitalism; environment and democracy; trading in the environment; global environmental governance; and seminars and key texts in environmental governance. 

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, research-led case studies and group presentations