Environmental Management and Sustainability


The environmental management and sustainability module examines how environmental degradation occurs, the current means of managing our environment and highlights and engages the students in possible sustainable options for the future. Current narratives around the suitability metrics suh as GDP, GNI, GPI, are discussed and alternatives are appraised. Alternative and emerging narratives which are critical of existing policies and practice regarding ODA and other issues and how these may reduce or accelerate environmental degradation are also considered.  Engagement within the module utilises a place based education (PBE) approach for engagement. How PBE this may foster and promote pro-environmental behaviours is examined.  

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand how recreation and tourism fit into the strategic sectors for National Development

  2. Conceptualise ecological sustainability as the basis of other aspects of sustainability

  3. Know the policy makers, the planning system and the main policy instruments that underpin environmental management as it relates to the outdoor amd heritage sectors.

  4. Apply the skills of practical scientific enquiry to an environmental issue at local and regional level.

  5. Evaluate International Environmental Policy, its relevance as a driving force for Irish Environmental Policy, and its effectiveness in
    achieving sustainable environmental management.

  6. Critically evaluate approaches to teaching environmental education.

  7. Understand the context and rationale for teaching environmental education and appreciate the role and approach of environmental
    education in creating and developing attitudes towards the environment

  8. Critique the main aspects of policy and practice for Outdoor Recreation and environmental management.

  9. Evaluate the benefit and effectiveness of nature conservation and environmental protection in Irish Landscape Management.

  10. Appreciate the global context of environmental degradation, rooted in development strategies, and the need for a co-ordinated
    sustainable strategy in addressing it.

  11. Appreciate the moral dimensions to resource use and environmental degradation, and the influence of political ideology on
    development models

  12. Be able to inform debate on appropriate development and its significance and consequence for ecological and societal health

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%