Environmental Law & Social Justice

  • Delivery:
    Distance learning
  • Credits:

In this course we aim to explore factors that influence environmental social justice outcomes in environmental policy debates, as well as legal and policy dynamics. We will also identify how social justice considerations can be incorporated more effectively into decision making and the green economy.

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Key information

Next start date:

23 January 2023


Distance Learning/online


10 weeks

Entry requirements:

This course is open to anyone with a relevant undergraduate degree. Alternatively, non-graduates / professionals with significant and relevant work experience, who can also demonstrate an ability to both complete and benefit from the course will be considered

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

Course details

​In a complex world, environmental policy and law decisions have implications for the environment and the people that reside within, or rely upon it, and this 10 week course will enable you to understand these impacts.

Laws on permitting, standards, compliance & enforcement mechanisms, voluntary instruments, liability regimes and citizens’ environmental rights all play a part in translating policies, goal and social objectives into reality. However, such implications may not be equitably distributed amongst all members of society and may be perceived as socially unjust. This is particularly the case where segments of society experience economic loss, greater risk from natural hazards, and a reduced quality of life either as a result of an environmental policy choice, or due to lack of effective frameworks to achieve social justice.

Throughout the duration of this course, these topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to environmental law
  • Principles and sources of environmental law
  • Critique of sustainable development
  • Environment Management Systems and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Introduction to environmental justice
  • Globalisation
  • Advocacy, activism, governance, corruption
  • Indigenous people and environmental justice
  • Gender and environmental justice
  • Synthesis - Environmental justice and the green economy.

Academic assessment (optional)

In addition to the short course itself you have the option of undertaking further study and completing an academic assessment (an additional fee applies). On successful completion of this assessment you will gain 20 academic credits at postgraduate level (Level 7).

If you choose to take the academic assessment option for this course, it will take roughly four months to complete (from your enrolment through to the submission deadline for your assessment). There is an additional fee of £200 for the Master's level assessment.

Fees and funding

The fee for this unit/short course: £600.00.

Additional fee: £200 if you wish to take the academic assessment.

With this type of course (ie. a short course) you will find that the cost of studying is already broken down into smaller, more manageable amounts (in comparison to a full degree, whether at postgraduate or undergraduate levels).

Additional funding help may sometimes be received from your employer given the relevance to your chosen career, if you are a previous student of BU you will receive a discount on your course fees, but other funding options are limited and postgraduate loans will not be available when studying individual CPD units.

See our fees and funding section for more information. 

How to apply

If you have any further questions about the course and for information on how to apply, please email [email protected].

Additional information

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