ENVR07029 2019 Environmental Legislation

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Legislation
Transcript Title
Environmental Legislation
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Noel Connaughton, Ana Vale, Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Management

This module introduces the learner to current, relevant environmental legal instruments.  The learner will recognise issues associated with the implementation of environmental legislation and will be able to identify, explain and evaluate environmental regulation and other interventions and safeguards in an Irish context.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Source and interpret environmental legislation.


Identify the main Irish environmental Acts and  Regulations and outline the main provisions of the key instruments.


Appropriately communicate information regarding environmental legislation.


Identify current environmental issues and assess and explain to what extent existing legislation addresses these issues.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

 This module will be delivered part-time. This will include lectures, practicals, and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes and uploading assignments)

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 50% Continuous Assessment and 50% Final exam.  On-line MCQs assist the learner to assess his/her own progress and the written assignment will encourage the learner to research, analyse and report on a section of legislation in an authentic context.  


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

Overview of the legal system

Overview of the legislation relating to the environment

Provisions in environmental legislation

Legislation in relation to the environment such as water, wastewater, air, waste, wildlife, licensing

Legal register

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Questions Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 15 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Application of legislation Continuous Assessment Assignment 35 % Week 13 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 2,3,4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture / tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014-10-24 Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1780435002 ISBN-13 9781780435008

Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System, 6th edition provides an excellent introduction to the legal system in Ireland and is essential for any student starting legal studies in Ireland. Beginning with an overview of the Irish Legal system and its history, it proceeds to discuss the profession and the law officers of the state including changes in the organisation of the profession in other common law states. It includes all the changes to the court systems and structure, Irish Constitution and EC Law since the last edition published in 2009. Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System is an invaluable introduction to the law and provides an accessible and comprehensive point of reference for practitioners and students alike and is an essential text for students of Irish law. Key legislation and case law includes: Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011; The Thirty-Third Amendment of the Constitution (resulting in the creation of a new Court of Appeal); Arbitration Act 2010. Previous edition ISBN: 9781845922788

Recommended Reading
2013-10-01 The Irish Legal System (Core Text) Clarus Press Ltd
ISBN 1905536585 ISBN-13 9781905536580

Written specifically with the student in mind this book provides a comprehensive, accurate and accessible account of the nature, structure and functions of the Irish legal system. It includes a coherent account of the constitutional principles and institutional structures which form the building blocks of the Irish legal system, including references to and explanations of important areas of substantive law. Each chapter examines key legal principles and seeks to put each area of law into context. Chapters also include a clear statement of the intended learning outcomes to help direct and focus the students' learning. Diagrams, tables, flow-charts and summaries are utilised to reinforce the information and provide quick visual cues for the understanding of key points contained in the text. This book is fully up-to-date and includes recent legislative and constitutional changes and amendments to EU law. It also includes international treaties between EU Member States to which Ireland has recently become a party. The Irish Legal System is an essential textbook for all undergraduate students and all people with an interest in the Irish legal system.

Recommended Reading
2014-02-26 Local Authority Enforcement Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1780432526 ISBN-13 9781780432526
Recommended Reading
2011-06-29 Planning and Environmental Law in Ireland Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1847663656 ISBN-13 9781847663658
Recommended Reading
2005-12-15 Environmental and Land Use Law Round Hall Ltd
ISBN 1858003598 ISBN-13 9781858003597

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Byrne, McCutcheon, Bruton, & Coffey. (2009). The Irish Legal System (5th ed.). Dublin: Butterworths.

Cotter, A. M. (2004). Environmental Law- Ireland. Dublin: Law Society of Ireland.

Doolan, B. (2011). Principles of Irish Law. Dublin: Gill and McMillan.

Gore-Grimes, J. (2011). Planning and Environmental Law in Ireland. London: Bloomsbury Professional.

Morrisey, J. (2013). Local Authority Enforcement. London: Bloomsbury Professional.

Scannell, Y. S. (2005). Environmental and Law Use Law. Dublin: Thomson Round Hall.



Journal Resources

Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal

Journal of Environmental Law  

URL Resources