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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to the writings of a number of authors surrounding the current reconceptualisation of nature within the legal sphere. Students will engage with environmental policies and regulations situated in diverse philosophical frameworks. Furthermore, students will analyse a series of fundamental key case studies in the field.

Unit content

Topic 1 Nature and natures 
Topic 2 Eco-literacy 
Topic 3 Sustainability 
Topic 4 History of environmental ethics 
Topic 5 Earth Jurisprudence and Wild Law 
Topic 6 Rights of nature: a contemporary overview 
Topic 7 Policies, regulations, resistances 
Topic 8 Cultural and intercultural perspectives

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify the central concerns of both traditional environmental law and contemporary ecological jurisprudence
2 critically reflect upon the philosophical assumptions that inform the conceptualisation of nature and of human interactions with it
3 identify and evaluate the ethical frameworks that inform environmental regulation and policy
4 critically evaluate the relationship between social justice, environmental sustainability and law
5 apply ethical and philosophical insights to all environmental decision-making contexts

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the central concerns of both traditional environmental law and contemporary ecological jurisprudence
  2. critically reflect upon the philosophical assumptions that inform the conceptualisation of nature and of human interactions with it
  3. identify and evaluate the ethical frameworks that inform environmental regulation and policy
  4. critically evaluate the relationship between social justice, environmental sustainability and law
  5. apply ethical and philosophical insights to all environmental decision-making contexts