CP0232 - Environmental Policies and Planning

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0232
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
LevelL5
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Andrea Collins
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2014/5

Outline Description of Module

This module provides a broad but applied introduction to key concepts and topics in environmental policy and planning. Students are introduced to the following key debates and issues: (i) sustainable development, environmental limits and ‘happy degrowth’; (ii) growth of environmentalism and the greening of party politics (iii) greening of public and private sector organisations; (iii) climate change science and spatial planning; and, (iv) the politics and policy of climate change. Using these concepts, the module examines the scope for integrating environmental concerns into decision making, focusing particularly at the UK local government level. It also explores the merits of local environmental strategies, development planning, environmental indicators and environmental assessment ‘tools’ for promoting sustainable development.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and in-class discussion groups. The majority of lectures will be delivered by teaching staff, and there will be contributions by two guest speakers. Lectures will be accompanied by Powerpoint slides which summarise key issues. These slides will form the basis of class handouts, along with suggested reading, and will be made available via Learning Central following each lecture. In some lectures, small –scale group work exercises will be conducted, and students will present back to the rest of the class.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Academic/subject-specific skills:

Transferable/employability skills:

How the module will be assessed

The summative assessment of this module is through 1) an unseen written class test and, 2) a written report.

 For the unseen written class test, students must answer two from a selection of six questions within a 1.5 hour period. The final lecture of the Autumn semester will be used to discuss how to approach the exam and revision. To support the revision process, students will be asked to work in small groups (4-5 students) and prepare draft answers to a selection of mock exam questions. The final lecture will then be used to give feedback to students on their mock answers. Students are not formally marked on the mock exam, but can use the feedback to assess how well there are learning the module material.

For the written report, students must complete a 2,000 word report based on one of four options. Report options will be made available to students on Learning Central in week two of the Spring semester, and the final lecture in the semester will be used to discuss how to approach the coursework.

Type of assessment

%Contribution

Title

Duration
(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Class Test

50

-

1.5 hrs

Autumn

Coursework

50

Written Report

2000 words

Spring

The opportunity for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will be the failed element(s) of the module, and will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Class Test 50
Environmental Policies And Planning
1.5 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50
Coursework
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

This module assumes that students will begin with limited knowledge on environmental policy and planning. It begins by introducing students to key concepts and debates including sustainable development, environmental limits and ‘happy degrowth’; growth of environmentalism and the greening of politics; greening of public and private sector organisations; climate change science and spatial planning; and the politics and policy of climate change. The second half of the module will then apply these key concepts and debates to examine the scope for integrating environmental concerns into decision making processes, focusing particularly at a UK local government level. It will also explore the value of local environmental strategies, development planning, environmental indicators and environmental assessment tools in promoting sustainable development. All sessions are mandatory for students.

Essential Reading and Resource List

Carter, N. (2007) The Politics of the Environment (Second Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Connelly, J. and G. Smith (2003) Politics and the Environment. London: Routledge.

Cox, J. (2002) Red man, green man: performance indicators for urban sustainability. London: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Glasson, J., Therivel, R. and A. Chadwick (2012) Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment (Fourth Edition).London: Routledge.

Wilson, E. and J. Piper (2010) Spatial Planning and Climate Change. Abingdon: Routledge.

Background Reading and Resource List

Giddens, A (2009) The Politics of Climate Change. Polity Press, Cambridge.

Hulme, M. (2009)Why we disagree about Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

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