|School||Cardiff School of Geography and Planning|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Andrew Flynn|
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.
Students will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of:
Key social science theories of environmental management and change
drivers for environmental management
the nature of environmental regulations and how they relate to organisational practices
the variable way in which processes of environmental improvement can be linked to firms and regulatory styles
An understanding of the responses of individuals and organisations to the demands of environmental legislation
A business perspective of the economic and environmental benefits of environmental management
The module will be delivered by a combination of:
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.
Students will be expected to demonstrate skills of critical analysis through an ability to:
identify key issues and relationships;
critically evaluate various approaches—environmental management systems, voluntary agreements, regulation, economic incentives—to corporate environmental management
application of environmental and sustainability thinking to a range of organisational contexts
Students will practice and develop the following:
Data collection skills – including qualitative data and statistical analysis, data collection and synthesis using databases, web and other sources
Use language accurately and communicate information efficiently and effectively
Process large quantities of information rapidly
Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer
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