Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2110: Environmental Politics and Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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:

  • History of environmental politics and green political thought.
  • Campaigning: environmental social movements and NGOs
  • Policy frameworks: sustainable development?
  • Policy instruments: regulation, markets & values
  • Environmental governance in the UK and EU
  • Global environmental politics
  • Case studies in areas such as climate change, biodiversity policy, etc.

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 & Teaching activities1111 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1111 x 1 hour seminars
Guided independent study60Reading
Guided independent study38Assignment preparation: conducting research, critical analysis of literature & media content, and writing the case study
Guided Independent Study30Group work; preparation of video and write-up

Online Resources

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

Much of the material we cover in this module can be accessed through journals. Journals can be accessed and read online at: http://lib.ex.ac.uk

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.

Other Learning Resources

Some of the main journals relevant to this module are: Global Environmental Change, Environmental Politics, Environment and Planning A/C, Climate Policy; Environmental Communication; Public Understanding of Science.