Environment, Politics and Society

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Emma Foster

Credits: 20
Semester: 1 + 2


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.

The course will be centred on both environmental theory and practice. The key focus of the environmental practice elements will largely cover international issues and developments.

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 in using social science theoretical tools.

  • critically analyse environmental issues using social science theoretical tools
  • understand concepts and analysis associated with sustainable development and green political theory
  • identify key influences on environmental and green practice


  • 3,000 word essay (50%)
  • 2 hour examination (35%)
  • Group presentation (15%)

Related courses:

The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.