AD2032: Environmental Protection and Eco-Social Policy

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 60hr(s) Directed Study (directed learning with online programme materials and video lectures); 24hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussions); 65hr(s) Other (self-directed reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To introduce techniques and methodologies of environmental protection. To introduce the evolution of eco-social policy.
Module Content: Environmental Quality Standards; Risk assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Appropriate Assessment. The module also includes a detailed review of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in terms of environmental legislation, waste management and life cycle analysis. The evolution towards eco-social policy, payment for ecosystem services and carbon taxation will also be discussed.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand and perform environmental risk assessment.
  • Identify the stages of conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Outline the role of the EPA in environmental enforcement.
  • Prepare a scoping or other assessment report based on a case study evaluation.
  • Demonstrate how organisations can manage their activities and services in an environmentally sustainable way.
  • Appreciate the role of eco-social policies in achieving sustainable welfare with reference to relevant case studies.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x Practical, 60 marks; 1 x 1,000 word Journal/ Paper review, 60 marks; 1 x 1,000 word Case Study, 60 marks; Online Participation Activities, 20 marks.).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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