Additional optional modules available in Law
This core module on the MA Environmental Law and Justice aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to understand contemporary environmental policy and the ethical challenges that it needs to address. The module also gives you an understanding of environmental responsibility, considering policy and social constructs on caring for the environment and different contexts on being accountable for harm or environmental wrongdoing. In this part of the course you’ll get the chance to critically examine ethical traditions and how these traditions inform particular forms of environmental policy and action; in particular the conflicts between continued exploitation of the environment and the contemporary environmental protection ‘movement’. Examining contemporary notions of environmental citizenship, the module examines rights and contracts based traditions including ethical issues associated with the ‘Commons’ and the notion of public ownership and responsibility for the environment. It also considers the relationship between individual and collective responsibility exploring in detail the role of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in developing environmental policy, monitoring environmental abuses and advocating for change in environmental law and policy and increased corporate environmental responsibility. In this module you’ll combine study of the legal, social, business, economic, and political aspects which influence and determine contemporary environmental policy. It considers ethical questions such as: To what extent do humans have a right to exploit nature in order to live? Should animals’ interests be a core factor in environmental policy? Should ownership be given over natural resources allowing commercial exploitation and manipulation of natural resources? Once you’ve completed this module you’ll have gained a critical understanding of contemporary environmental policy issues and the manner in which ethical considerations inform environmental policy.
This module will provide you with an in-depth understanding of environmental governance and the central theoretical approaches on which its principles are based. You’ll be introduced to the idea of the governance spectrum ranging from a coercive mode and legal instruments to approaches that rely on the agency and knowledge of environmental resource users themselves. Various environmental policy instruments will be explored in depth, and lecture content will be supported by case studies drawing from the tutors’ research on green criminology and European environmental policy. You’ll also complete either a field trip or a role play exercise and workshops designed to help you learn how to apply governance principles to real life environmental policy problems.
This module prepares you to complete either a dissertation or an assessed work placement or a work based learning project. You will attend a series of lectures and workshops and online exercises address research methodologies, skills and employability. You will undertake a series of formative and summative assessments developing your critical and practical skills and leading to either; i) the production of a research proposal or ii) a critical review of the work of the organization you are to be placed with or work with. The satisfactory completion of the module will then allow you to proceed to writing a dissertation of 10-12,000 words or to embark on a work placement assessed by production of a project report / paper and exercises reflecting on your experience.
The module aims to enable you to undertake a substantial academic research project focussed on a key issue within your programme. It requires you to apply methodology, research design and method to the practical processes of undertaking a chosen research topic and presenting the findings. The dissertation requires you to draw upon the prerequisite module Research and Practice Skills but encourages you to demonstrate independence and self-discipline in researching a topic of interest and relevance to you and manage an extended project from conception to completion.
The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to undertake work experience commensurate with your postgraduate level of study and, by so doing, to advance your knowledge, critical thinking and understanding to an appropriate level. You will be provided with an opportunity to work alongside key decision makers in organisations where global governance occurs. Providing an alternative to the dissertation credit for your degree, the Practicum will enable you to develop advanced insight into core issues in global governance, developing your capacity for problem solving, interpretation and critical construction of knowledge.
The module aims to enable you to apply theoretical knowledge and research to anticipate and respond to challenges in a selected workplace experience. You can undertake this workplace experience as an internship that you negotiate yourself or in your current workplace or an existing voluntary role. It also aims to help you foster sustainable long term learning by requiring that you take responsibility for your own learning, design and negotiate learning goals and make informed judgments about your performance across the programme of study. The module will ask you to engage as active subjects in the assessment process, thus enhancing your capacity for transformative learning. By selecting a topic of interest grounded in your workplace experience you’ll be expected to demonstrate reflexivity, self-regulation and self-assessment in your journey towards personal and professional development.
The aim of this module is to analyse foreign policy practices as crucial sites of political agency and choice in the contemporary geopolitics of international relations. This course will draw on the advanced classical and critical theories of international relations and geopolitical perspectives applied to the study of the foreign policy traditions, strategies and practices of the key actors and cases in global politics. The module is designed to encourage and qualify an international group of postgraduate students who may wish to further their specialised study of foreign policy analysis and or employment in fields related to governance, business, politics and diplomacy. The overall aim of this module is to create a multidisciplinary, multicultural learning environment that is reflected on the teaching practice and research of the module leader and receptive to the diverse needs and views of students.
This module aims to engage students in exploring criminological issues from a global perspective, particularly in respect of contemporary debates on the policing of transnational problems and the development of global policing. The module considers policing in a wide rather than narrow context identifying that the changing nature of crime and crime control in a 'globalised' world and the emergence of crimes which transcend national borders requires a globalised approach to crime and justice.
This module analyses changes in the global security agenda since the end of the Cold War, both empirically and theoretically. The meaning of security is explored and competing theoretical perspectives in the discipline are compared. The transformation of military security threats is then analysed with particular emphasis on the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and the significance of global terrorism. The module then explores the rise of non-military issues of human security including environmental change, crime, disease, poverty, and disasters.
This module considers the implications for International Relations of forces of globalisation, both economic and cultural. It analyses the rise of international organisations, transnational politics and issues of global importance, and explores the theoretical debate surrounding these.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
Dr Angus Nurse is a former RSPB Investigations Coordinator and specialises in the field of wildlife and environmental crime. His research focuses on the effectiveness of laws protecting animals and wildlife. He has conducted research on behalf of groups such as the League Against Cruel Sports into dog fighting in the UK.
During this course, you will have the opportunity to participate on the Practicum in International Organisations. Anna, a recent graduate, spent six months working for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Here’s what she had to say about her experience and how it impacted on her studies at Middlesex University:
LLM International Minority Right Law graduate (2015)