JUS220 Environmental Law and Governance

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Gunnhild Storbekkrønning Solli

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:270

Course frequency:Annual

Nominal workload:

Lectures and reviews: ca 22 hours.

Individual study: 103 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel

About this course

The course provides a basic understanding of central environmental law and management. Environmental Law and Management refer to public regulations on use and protection of the environment. The first part of the course focus on environmental challenges and basic principles. Thereafter, the course will cover procedural rules and substantive regulations in key environmental law, such as the Biodiversity Act, the Planning and Building Act, the Pollution Control Act and the Water Resources Act. The course consists of lectures and in the last part a larger group assignment will be discussed in plenary. Students are encouraged to work on assignments in colloquia.

Learning outcome

1. Knowledge

After completing the course, the student has knowledge and understanding of fundamental environmental law, such as the Planning and Building Act, the Pollution Control Act, the Natural Diversity Act and the Water Resources Act, The student has knowledge of the subject area's history, traditions, uniqueness and place in society, and can update their knowledge within the subject area.

2. Skills

The student can apply central regulations of environmental law, is familiar with legal terms and can present and dicuss issues covered by the course. The student can explain and reflect on:

  • Environmental dilemmas.
  • Regulations to obtain knowledge of the environmental consequences of decisions and plans, such as Environmental Impact Assesments
  • Reguations to promote environmental considerations and to prevent or reduce environmentally harmful activities.
  • The principles of sustainable use in Biodiversity Act and provisions for habitat protection.
  • Main features of the planning system in the Planning and Building Act.

3. General competance

The student can discuss fundamental subject matters, understand the role of different environmental administrative laws and their significance for the management of natural resources, discuss case studies, case law and administrative practice.

  • Lectures. Review of practical cases. Self-study.
  • Previous knowledge from JUS100. It is possible to take the courses the same term
  • Written exam, 3.5 hours

    Written exam Grading: Letter grades Permitted aids: A2 No calculator, other aids as specified Written exam Grading: Letter grades Permitted aids: LOVDATA Access to Lovdata Pro
  • An external examiner participates in the evaluation of examination papers of a random selection of candidates, possibly all candidates. All exams are assesed and graded by external examiners, and the examiner and course coordinator set the final grades together
  • None
  • Lectures: 22 hours
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)