20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This unit provides an overview of principal elements of contemporary environmental and nature conservation policy, and institutional frameworks for their delivery. Following an elaboration of key concepts of environmental sustainability and environmental integration, it addresses key issues in policy development and implementation, focusing on the contested and complex nature of the policy environment, and the role of the public and specific interests. The aim is to develop a critical understanding of the opportunities to integrate environmental and nature conservation concerns into policy making. Substantive content includes international and European conventions, policies and instruments; designated areas; and integration in the planning system.

Staff Contact: Liz Sharp
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Notes: One of the approved modules to be chosen for RTPI accreditation.

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