ENVP20020 Case Studies Environmental Pol

Academic Year 2021/2022

Environmental policy practitioners require an understanding of what makes an effective environmental policy initiative. Through the analysis and critique of real-life environmental policy case studies, participants in this workshop-based module will gain insight into the key enabling and constraining factors that influence the degree of effectiveness of such initiatives, using a “What”, “How” and “Who / Why” model. Components of this approach include:
• Key policy formulation, implementation and evaluation tools and techniques (“What”)
• Policy-making systems, processes and politics (“How”)
• Key actors, stakeholders and paradigms in environmental policy-making (“Who/ Why”)

Each year a range of case studies are presented, including:
• Transport
• Climate Change
• Bioeconomy
• Water
The particular case studies selected for each theme (and the themes themselves) may vary from year to year, depending on contemporary developments in the environmental policy field and will draw from national, EU and international arenas.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, the successful student should, inter alia, have:
• An appreciation of the key factors which influence the degree of effectiveness of environmental policy initiatives.
• An awareness of tools available to address a range of local and global environmental challenges.
• A capacity to undertake a rudimentary analysis of environmental policy initiatives using some of the tools / models discussed in the module workshops.
• Enhanced transferable skills such as critical thinking, teamwork and communications.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will be divided into a number of constituent parts:
• Introduction to environmental policy analysis
• Overview of analysis frameworks
• Overview of environmental policy-making process at EU and National Level
• Case studies associated with selected themes including Water, Transport, Climate and Energy, Bioeconomy
• Future of environmental policy-making

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Approaches utilised in this module, depending on content, may include:
• Workshop and seminar-based approaches
• Case-based learning
• Enquiry and problem-based learning
• Debates
• Student presentations
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Group Projects and Group Presentations Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Major Individual Assignment
Unspecified n/a Graded No


Class Test: As this module progresses a series of in-class exercises will be set. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Cara Augustenborg Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Luke Kelleher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Anne Pender Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 10:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 11:00 - 12:50