ENVR08013 2019 Environmental Legislation and Policy

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Legislation and Policy
Transcript Title
Environmental Legislation and
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
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_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SENVI_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science

This subject introduces the learner to current environmental policy. The learner will be able to address issues associated with the implementation of environmental policy and will be able to identify, explain and critique environmental regulation, regulatory approaches and tools and other interventions and safeguards in an Irish context. 

The main environmental legal instruments and relevant institutional structures are addressed as are the main Irish stakeholders in relation to policy and compliance.

The learner will be able to source, explain and critique environmental regulation in an Irish context and will perform tasks aimed at simulating the context of environmental legislation in the workplace.



Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate an applied knowledge and understanding of salient areas of environmental legislation, including the major obligations/provisions of the main Irish environmental Acts and S.I.'s  and relevant international legal documents.


Critically review relevant environmental legislative instruments and explain the extent to which the instruments address current environmental issues.


Evaluate the legal and institutional framework designed for environmental protection in Ireland.


Explain why and how policy is developed and evaluate the factors that influence the development and delivery of policy.


Discuss the main international, EU and Irish policies in relation to the environment and for one or more areas of environmental policy perform a critical evaluation of its effectiveness.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures,  and team-based workshop practicals 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, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is assessed 50% by Continuous Assessment and 50% Final exam.  The continuous assessment and course work will involve two assignments. Assessment involves a combination of knowledge testing, practical work and independent research. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Principles in Environmental Law and Policy

The introduction of Environmental Policy and factors influencing its introduction and the efficacy of implementation.

Nature of the regulatory process and regulatory approaches


Environmental legislation e.g. water, wastewater, air, waste, noise, natural heritage, prior permissions, Environmental Liability

Review of professional and amateur organisations that have an influence in Ireland

Enforcement agency roles and approaches to enforcement

Legal register

Expert witness


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 Assignment policy and legislation Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 8 2,4,5
2 Project or Scenario applying legislation Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % 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 Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lectures and groupwork 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Research, writing reports reading, studying for exams etc 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 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
2005-12-15 Environmental and Land Use Law Round Hall Ltd
ISBN 1858003598 ISBN-13 9781858003597
Recommended Reading
2014-02-26 Local Authority Enforcement Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1780432526 ISBN-13 9781780432526
Recommended Reading
2010-05-20 Environmental Regulation: Evaluation, Compliance and Economic Impact (Environmental Health-Physical, Chemical and Biological Factors Series) Nova Science Publishers Inc
ISBN 9781607416456 ISBN-13 9781607416456

Rare Book

Recommended Reading
2012-04-29 The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States Princeton University Press
ISBN 0691124167 ISBN-13 9780691124162

Title: Politics of Precaution <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Vogel, David <>Publisher: University Press Group Ltd

Recommended Reading
2013-03-15 Environmental Law and Policy in Wales: Responding to Local and Global Challenges University of Wales Press
ISBN 0708325807 ISBN-13 9780708325803

Environmental Law and Policy in Wales This book examines welsh perspectives on the search for sustainable law and policy solutions to modern environmental threats.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bromley, D.W., Paavola, J. 2007, Economics, Ethics, and Environmental Policy: Contested Choices, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (e-book)

 Cohen, S. 2006, Understanding Environmental Policy, Columbia University Press, United States. (e-book)

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.

Jordan, A. &  Adelle, C., 2012, Environmental Policy in the EU Actors, institutions and processes, (3rd ed) Routledge, Edited by Andrew, Camilla

Lenschow, A. 2012, Environmental Policy Integration : Greening Sectoral Policies in Europe, Routledge, Hoboken. (e-book)

McCormick, J. 2001, Environmental policy in the European Union, Palgrave, Basingstoke.


Journal Resources

Irish Planning and Environmental Law  Journal

Journal of Environmental Law

Environmental Science & Policy

Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning

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