CPT826 - Environmental Management

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT826
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Andrew Flynn
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

This module will provide a critical examination of the key issues and ideas that currently characterise environmental management, such as the interaction between voluntary and public forms of regulation. It will place these ideas within the context of drivers for change on industry, technological changes and responses by the business community through initiatives to promote more integrated environmental management. The module engages with debates on: the potential and limitations for organisations to become more environmentally conscious in their activities; the interactions between the environmental or broader sustainability performance of organisations and their economic performance; and the constraints facing commercial, public and community organisations, regulators and environmental policy makers in their efforts to improve environmental and social sustainability.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

 Students will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of:

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered by a combination of:

Directed reading

Lectures and seminars are supplemented by Powerpoint presentations (slides are copied and made available) and handouts. Key readings that are used in teaching sessions will be available in Learning Central before the session in which they are to be discussed. During seminars you may be required to lead or contribute to a debate/discussion.


Skills that will be practised and developed

 Academic/subject-specific skills

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills of critical analysis through an ability to:

 Transferable/employability skills

Students will practice and develop the following:

How the module will be assessed

Environmental Management Essay (70%)

Presentation (30%)

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 70
Environmental Management Essay
N/A 1 N/A
Presentation 30
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Essential Reading and Resource List

A. Jordan and A. Lenschow (eds.) (2008) Innovation in Environmental Policy? Integrating the
Environment for Sustainability, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

 J.-P. Voss, D. Bauknecht, et al. (eds.) (2006) Reflexive Governance for Sustainable Development.
Cheltenham: Edward Elga

 Smith, A. and Stirling, A. (2008) Social-ecological resilience and sociotechnical transitions: critical issues for sustainability governance, STEPS Working Paper 8, Brighton: STEPS Centre 

Frank W. Geels, Rene´ Kemp (2007): Dynamics in socio-technical systems: Typology of change processes and contrasting case studies, in: Technology in Society 29 (2007) 441–455

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