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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM061 Module Title: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE2M14
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MALCOLM RN Prof (Schl of Law)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Short course / Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Methods of Assessment and Weighting

Components of Assessment




Case study critique


Module Overview
Module Aims

To provide students with an understanding of the English law system, with particular relevance to environmental law.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will understand:

  • legal procedures and the judicial process.
  • The interaction between legal proof and scientific evidence.
  • The origins and principles underpinning European and UK policy and legislation.
  • The structure of the substantive environmental laws in the UK covering waste, water and atmospheric pollution.
Module Content

The civil courts: actions for damages

Judicial review;

The criminal courts: roles of evidence; prosecuting and defending environmental claims; court-room scenario;

Planning inquiries: practice and procedure; participative exercise;

Waste management law and packaging;

Water, atmospheric pollution and planning law.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures, court-room scenario, discussion tutorials, mock inquiry.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended background reading

Principles of Environmental Law, Wolf and Stanley (Cavendish)

Environmental Law and Regulation, (McEldowney & McEldowney) Blackstone Press

Environment and the Law: McEldowney & McEldowney (Longman)

Environmental Law:  Bell & McGillivray (Blackstone)

Environmental Law: Hughes (Butterworths)

Required reading

Part 1: Croner’s Environmental Management

Environmental Law and Regulation, McEldowney & McEldowney, (Blackstone Press)

Environment and the Law, McEldowney & McEldowney, (Longman)

Last Updated

24 June 2008