ENP-33306 Environment and Development


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)dr. MF Greene
Lecturer(s)dr. HM Toonen
dr. MF Greene
Examiner(s)dr. MF Greene

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

YRM-20306 Research Methods in Environmental Science.

Continuation courses:

ENP-80436 MSc Thesis Environmental Policy


This course focuses on the nature and causes of environmental problems in developing countries with specific attention given to the institutional and political structures governing ecological sustainability and economic development. Student will learn to identify and critically assess institutional and political strategies for managing environment and natural resources through concepts such as ecological modernization theory, political ecology, and global value chain analysis. These approaches are illustrated in the lectures through a series of case-studies from developing countries. Students are also given the opportunity to experience the practice of decision making over environment through a course long role-play or 'simulation'. Using these approaches attention is given to both the causes and solutions of environmental problems and the role of state and non state actors interacting at local, national and global scales. The course is given in English and caters for MSc students with an interest and background in both technical and social environmental sciences.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the history and background to contemporary causes and solutions to environmental problems in developing nations;
- distinguish key concepts and theories that help to explain the relationship between environment and development;
- apply key concepts drawn from the theories taught in the course, to a relevant aspect of the simulation that explains the dilemmas and solutions to environmental problems in developing countries;
- support ideas of how governance and policy can better contribute to improved development and environment outcomes;
- practice analytical skills for critical social science through individual academic writing by locating relevant literature and organizing theories and concepts.


The course is comprised of 10 lectures, 5 tutorials and a week-long simulation of environmental decision making.


There is no exam for Environment and Development. Instead you will be assessed through your participation in the simulation and an individual research paper.
The final grade will be determined on the basis of:
- a weighted total of the simulation (30%);
- the weekly tutorial assignments (30%);
- and an individual research paper (40%).
All assessments will be marked out of 10. To pass the course you must get at least 5.5 on each of the tasks.
Please be aware that failure to hand in the final paper will result in a failing grade for the course and will result in a considerable word limit increase for the subsequent 're-exam' paper.


Literature will be provided in Brightspace

Restricted Optional for: MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScA: Spec. A - Policy and Society5MO
MESEnvironmental SciencesMScB: Spec. B - Environmental Policy and Economics5MO
MTOTourism, Society and EnvironmentMSc5MO