Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2101: Public Environmental Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Angela Cassidy (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Environmental issues continue to be one of the key – and fiercely contested – areas of policy formation and political debate in today’s society, as concerns widen over the severity and speed of environmental change as a consequence of human activities. In this course you will have the opportunity to explore the complex political processes surrounding environmental science, politics and policy; and investigate how these issues are contested and at times decided in today’s fast moving mass media and wider public sphere.  In so doing, you will learn about the historical development of environmental movements and green political thought. Throughout the course, we will engage with contemporary debates about environmental politics by interrogating claims and counter claims made in mass media coverage; and to critique the latest policy developments. There are no pre-requisites for the course, but it is recommended that you have a good background in politics, international relations and/or human geography to ensure successful completion.

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