Agri-Envionmental Issues and Policy

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Agri-Envionmental Issues and Policy

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture, Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module provides an overview of the potential impacts of agricultural practices on the wider environment and agri-environmental policy responses towards the mitigation of such impacts at both national and EU level. Important environmental issues in Irish agriculture and related landuses are discussed from the perspective of the protection of natural resources (air, water and soil quality), biodiversity, and natural and cultural heritage. A major aim of the module is to provide both an understanding of the major environmental issues generated by Irish agriculture and the consequent responses of policy makers to address these issues. The module therefore provides a basic understanding of both legislative controls and agri-environmental incentive schemes operated at national (Irish) and EU levels. This includes the operation and impact of major EU Environmental Directives, environmental aspects of Cross Compliance (Single Farm Payment), the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS) and its successors (Agri-environmental Options Scheme, GLAS), as well as the NPWS Farm Plan Scheme and related high-nature value schemes.
    The written end-of-semester exam is in the form of an MCQ.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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