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 Year2013/4

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: (i) sustainable development and environmental limits; (ii) growth of environmentalism and the greening of party politics (iii) greening of public and private sector organisations; (iii) environmental standards and green budgeting, and (iv) environmental ethics (towards the future, towards distant people and towards nature). 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

1. Analyse key environmental policy concepts through the examination of contemporary environmental problems, their distinctive modern qualities and the intellectual framework and political ideas that have shaped environmental debates.

2. Assess the difficulties of greening contemporary political and economic institutions through the close examination of environmental NGO’s, Green parties and public and private sector organisations.

3. Assess the merits of different environmental policy tools and the political context of instrument choice, and explain how these tools can be applied to implement environmental policy at a national and local level.

4. Debate the potential for spatial planning to exert a positive influence on environmental change (own its own and in conjunction with other policy tools) through the close examination of local government.

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 report back to the rest of the class as a whole.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Students will develop an understanding of key environmental policy concepts and debates; be able to assess the merits of different mechanisms available to implement environmental policies (regulation, market mechanisms, voluntary agreements and information); understand the political context of instrument choice; and debate the potential for spatial planning to exert a positive influence on environmental change, on its own and in conjunction with other policy tools.

Students will also practise and develop the following:

1.    Ability to critically analyse local environmental strategies, development planning, environmental indicators and environmental assessment ‘tools’ in promoting sustainable development.

2.    Skills in group collaboration and oral presentation

3.    Written communication skills

How the module will be assessed

The formal assessment of this module is through 1) a Class Test  and, 2) a written report.

For the written report, students must complete a 3,000 word report based one of four options. Report options will be made available to students on Learning Central in week three 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

25 November

Coursework

50

Written Report

 

May

The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment 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. Consequently it begins by introducing students to key concepts and debates including sustainable development and environmental limits; growth of environmentalism and the greening of politics; greening of public and private sector organisations; environmental standards and green budgeting; and environmental ethics. 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 University Press, Cambridge

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

Cox, J. (2002) Red man, green man: performance indicators for urban sustainability. RICS, London.

Jordan A J and Lenschow A (2009) Innovation in Environmental Policy. Integrating the Environment for Sustainability. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Laffery W A and E Hovden (2003) ‘Environmental Policy Integration: Towards an Analytical Framework’, Environmental Politics, 12, 3, 1-22.

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