General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Margaret Savage

This subject introduces the learner to current environmental legal instruments and institutional structures and processes.  The learner will be able to will be able to identify, explain and critique environmental regulation and other interventions and safeguards in a European and Irish context. The learner will be able to plan and begin the compilation of a register of environmental legislation.

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.


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


Work effectively in a problem-centred team activity.


Communicate information regarding environmental legislation in terms appropriate to the target audience


Review and interpret relevant legal instruments aimed at addressing current environmental issues and critically comment on the extent to which existing legislation addresses these issues


Assess the implications and effectiveness of the existing legislative framework in the wider socio-economic context.


Outline how to prepare a register of legislation and assess which items of legislation should be included and why.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. powerpoint presentations, recordings of online lectures and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment - 50%, Final exam - 50%.

Regular assessments will be undertaken via Moodle and assignments uploaded via Moodle. Assignments may be designed across modules delivered in the same semester.

Students may be assessed individually or in group environments with a strong emphasis on continual improvement and skill building.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant, will involve assignment, practical test or examination that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Legal issues such as: sources of law, the courts, legal liability

Authorised bodies and provisions in environmental legislation

Legislation in relation to water, wastewater, air, waste, noise

Environmental licenses and licensing

Register of Legislation

Environmental legislation and the wider context


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 Assessment Coursework Assessment Assessment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

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 1,2,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lectures and groupwork 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, writing reports reading, studying for exams etc 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture, tutorials, workshops 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Research, writing reports reading, studying for exams etc 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

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.

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)

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

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

Other Resources


Additional Information

Access to broadband


regional exam centres