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Environmental considerations are becoming an increasingly important aspect of all decision making. Environmental problems and pressures are growing and public authorities as well as private businesses are asked to comply with more extensive and stringent environmental regulations. This course is designed for those who are interested in understanding more fully the environmental pressures and ways to deal with them in private and public decision making. Course Aims This is a multi-disciplinary postgraduate programme designed to improve students' understanding of environmental policy and law and management skills. More specifically the course objectives are to provide students with: a critical appreciation of challenges facing modern society in terms of the need to plan for a healthy environment and to manage it accordingly for a sustainable development. an understanding of the interrelationships between economic and social development and impacts on the environment at a variety of scales, and how to produce effective and implementable solutions to policy and planning dilemmas. a range of analytical skills and techniques designed to develop appropriate and implementable solutions to a range of complex environment related problems. the opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to the achievement of environmentally friendly and feasible solutions to real-life problems. an ability to appreciate the need to adopt strong professional values and ethics, recognising the diversity of interests in public and private decision making. the opportunity to explore ideas, perspectives and debates in environmental management and planning. Course Structure The course has a modular structure. It comprises a number of core modules in the areas of environmental policy, planning, management and research. Full-time students are required to study four taught modules in semester 1 and two taught modules in semester 2. Furthermore, students will be working on an environmental planning and management project and will have to submit a dissertation (equivalent to four modules). The length of the dissertation is 12-15,000 words. Current modules include: Techniques in Environmental Planning and Management 1 Techniques in Environmental Planning and Management 2 Business and Environment Techniques in Risk Analysis Evidence-Based Management and Decision Making Risk Communication Managing in Complex Organisations Spatial Planning Challenges Politics of the Environment Making Plans Making Places Trends, outcomes and impacts GIS Implementing and Managing Change Public Policy and Decision Making Dissertation Teaching, Learning and Assessment The course adopts a combination of teaching and assessment methods. Teaching combines classroom methods, such as lectures and seminars, with practical sessions, such as project work and visits. Students are assessed by a combination of coursework, such as essays, reports, seminar presentations, and examinations. Some modules are assessed entirely by coursework.

Environmental considerations are becoming an increasingly important aspect of all decision making. Environmental problems and pressures are growing and public authorities as well as private businesses are asked to comply with more extensive and stringent environmental regulations. This course is designed for those who are interested in understanding more fully the environmental pressures and ways...

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