Tools, Policies and Best Practices for Environmental Protection in the European Union

Curriculum

Teaching course for Master’s students in Environmental Science
and Master’s students in Food Technologies
Location: Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control,
National University of Food Technologies (NUFT),
Volodymyrska 68, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
Teaching period: 2016/2017, 2017/2018 & 2018/2019 academic years; spring semester

Course Description:

The course addresses key elements of European environmental policy, including the EU’s strategy for sustainable development. The course will cover air and water pollution control, waste management, resource efficiency, climate change, renewable energies in the EU, and ntegration of environmental protection into other policies. The course also comprises the international dimension, with the role of the EU in international environmental negotiations (e.g. Kyoto Protocol, Intergovernmental Forum on Forest), the World Trade Organization, Transatlantic regulatory cooperation and the impact of European policy on other regions of the world. The course is interdisciplinary, with a focus on integration of environmental policy requirements into other policy areas. The course is carried in 20 hours of lectures and 20 hours of seminars. The lectures are given to the students of particular faculty altogether (up to 60 students), the seminars are carried in each academic group separately (up to 30 students). Thus, the course covers 40 contact hours (20 hours of lectures + 20 hours of seminars) or 60 contact hours (20 hours of lectures + 2×20 hours of seminars) depending on one or two academic groups of students involved.
In 2016/2017 academic year one academic group of Master’s students in Environmental Science (30 students) and one academic group of Master’s students in Food Technologies (30 students) will be taught. In 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic years two academic groups of Master’s students in Environmental Science (60 students) and two academic groups of Master’s students in Food Technologies (60 students) will be taught.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:
• use correct terminology related to the environmental management in both Ukrainian and English;
• understand the difference between policies and tools for environmental management;
• explain development, goals and structure of environmental management at national, regional/EU and global levels;
• determine main actors/stakeholders at all levels (global, EU, national) and understand potential for employment;
• make use of information sources pertaining to global instruments and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) as well as EU environmental policy;
• understand and explain links to health, research and development, food safety and other crosscutting issues;
• work with related instruments at global, EU and national levels;
• interpret involvement of the member states in the global environmental management such as capacity building, technology transfer;

Course schedule

Basic political and economic principles of formation and operation of the European Union:

Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
Environmental sustainability as precondition of European environmental policy and its best practices:
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
Supranational regulation of environmental protection in the EU (Treaty of Rome, Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon, Environmental Action Programs, 7th EAP):
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
General objectives, specific targets and tools of contemporary European environmental policy (Economic, Legislative, Promotion of Awareness etc.):
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
Sectoral regulations on environmental protection in the EU (air and water pollution control, waste management):
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
Wildlife and biodiversity protection in the EU, Nature 2000:
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
Adoption of sustainable development programmes to post-soviet countries – the new member states(Lessons from Poland and Baltic countries):
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
The international dimension of EU environmental policy (United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Climate Change Conferences: Bali, Poznan, Copenhagen, Cancún Transatlantic relations and climate change / EU & US relations on environmental issues):
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
The best practices in environmental protection in the EU member states:
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
Challenges for Ukraine in environmental protection policy and practice due to association with the EU:
Seminar(2 hs) Lecture(2 hs)
Exam Written exam

Teaching methods:

Interactive lectures, including power-point presentations, analysis of the literature, inclass debates, student’s presentations and peer reviews, e-learning.
Grading
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 30% of the final mark.
Other determines 70% of the final mark.
Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Open ended Questions which comprises 15% of the final mark.
Case Study Essay which comprises 15% of the final mark.
Within the Other category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Participation in Class activities which comprises 70% of the final mark.
The questions of the exam will be:
• 3 short open-ended questions (closed book, 15 %) and
• a case study essay on a practical topical issue of EU environmental policy (open book, 15%).
Both parts are based upon the lectures and/or the assigned reading material. The short questions test the student’s capability to understand, remember and explain key issues on the course. The case study exam tests the student’s ability to apply his/her skills in a practical, real-life simulating situation in a coherent and persuasive manner.
The course will enhance awareness of Master’s students in the best environmental policy and practices in the European Union. Students will be able to begin their careers with full understanding of the European Union modern environmental approaches thus will be more competitive on national and international labor market. The course will stimulate teaching and research in European studies, particularly in the EU environmental policies, and in the EU sustainable development approaches.