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Unit information: Environmental Management, Policy and Regulation in 2020/21

Unit name Environmental Management, Policy and Regulation
Unit code CENGM0028
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Claire Gronow
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The unit begins by introducing sustainable development and related concepts of carrying capacity, including a brief history of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The history and development of international, European and UK Environmental policy and regulation is then discussed, with examples of key tools and mechanisms used by governments and regulators to control pollution and other environmental issues. This will enable students to examine how policy and regulation has informed economically and environmentally sustainable practices within governments and individual organisations.

Using water regulation in the UK as an example, the unit explores how the quality and quantity of water can be regulated using both public and private sector approaches. Environmental impact assessment and environmental management systems and plans will also be introduced, as these are key tools that both regulators and organisations use to manage their environmental impacts.

This unit will be taught by leading practitioners in the area of environmental policy.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this module, the successful student will be able to:

M6.1 Understand how policy and regulatory frameworks and institutional frameworks are applied to environmental protection and water resource management;

M6.2 Understand how regulation and self-regulation of industry can be applied to control impacts on the environment and water resources;

M6.3 Critically evaluate policy and regulatory frameworks and institutional frameworks in terms of delivering sustainability outcomes, particularly in relation to water resource protection and management.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

The Unit will be assessed by 100% coursework consisting of a 5000-7000 word report covering key concepts taught in the unit, but also requiring further reading and research. Opportunities for formative feedback on some components of the assessment will be provided.

Reading and References

Roberts, J. (2010) Environmental Policy, 2nd edition, Routledge, 0415497841

Jordan, A. and Adelle, C. (2012) Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, institutions and processes, 3rd edition, Routledge, 184971469X

Scott, J. (2009) Environmental Protection, OUP, 0199565171

Glasson, J. Therivel R. and Chadwick A. (2012) Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, 2012 or 2018 editions, Routledge