Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2101: Public Environmental Politics

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


-       Histories of environmental politics and green political thought.

-       Roles of the public sphere, mass media and environmental communication

-       Campaigning: environmental social movements and NGOs

-       Environmental publics, participatory governance and science-policy interfaces

-       Policy frameworks: sustainable development?

-       Policy instruments: regulation, markets & values

-       Environmental governance in the UK and EU

-       Global environmental politics

Throughout the course, these conceptual lenses will be used to help students investigate and understand topical issues in environmental politics such as air pollution, water, waste, land management; biodiversity, energy and climate change.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1010 x 1 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study60Reading
Guided independent study39Assignment preparation: conducting research, critical analysis of literature & media content, and writing the case study
Guided independent study30Groupwork; preparation of video and writeup

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

House of Commons EAC: http://www.parliament.uk/eacom

United Nations Environment Programme: http://www.unep.org/

European Union: http://europa.eu/index_en.htm


For media sources, check the Library resources at http://libguides.exeter.ac.uk/az.php?t=24641 Box of Broadcasts, Gale News Vault and Nexis are particularly useful.


Web of Science allows you to conduct searches of all the major academic journals. You can find details of the Web of Science at: http://www.library.ex.ac.uk/guides/essentials/wos.pdf


Also google scholar is useful, particularly for finding OA copies of material not available through the library: http://scholar.google.co.uk


If you have any further questions please consult the Library staff.