The University of Alicante's “Master's Programme in Environmental and Sustainable Development Law” (MADAS) is an offical degree, adjusted to the provisions of the Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, on which the organization of official university programmes, and the University of Alicante's regulatory scheme for statutory Master's and Doctoral Programmes is established; approved by the Governing Council on 31 October 2008 (BOUA of 6 November, 2008); and adapted, as a result, to the demands of the European Higher Education Area
Its Course Syllabus has received a favourable Evaluation Report on the part of ANECA on 22 March 2010, and it will start to be taught in the academic year 2010-2011. It consists of 60 ECTS credits, developed in just one academic year.
According to the regulations previously mentioned, the Master's Programme in Environmental and Sustainable Development Law (MADAS) also constitutes the training period of the University of Alicante's Doctoral Programme with the same name.
The University of Alicante has large experience in the teaching of similar postgraduate programmes, started with the “Doctoral Programe in Environmental Law” and followed by the “Official Master's Programme in Environmental and Sustainable Development Law (MADAS)”, whose trajectory can be summed up as follows:
A) Doctoral Programme in Environmental Law
The “Master's Programme in Environmental and Sustainable Development Law (MADAS)” in force, has its origin in the pioneer University of Alicante's “Doctoral Programme in Environmental Law", whose first edition took place in the academic year 1988/1989, under the protection of the regulations on Postgraduate Programmes established by Royal Decree 18571985, of 23 January, passing then to integrate a number of courses in other Doctoral Programmes with wider contents, one of whose main subjects kept on being 'Environmental Law'.
After this first stage, the University of Alicante's “Doctoral Programme in Environmental Law" recovered its autonomous feature, although without continuity this time, in the academic year 1993/1994, still under the scheme of third-cycle programmes established by Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January, then starting the double modality of ordinary course and intensive course, which allowed the gradual incorporation of Latin American students to the Programme.
During the academic year 1999/2000, the new Third-Cycle Scheme established by Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April cam einto effect, which forced the split the Doctoral Programme into a first year of teaching activity and a second year aimed at the performance of the Essay on Research Methods, that culminates in the obtaining of the Research Methods Diploma. On the other hand, under the period of validity of this new regulation, from the academic year 2000/2001, the University of Alicante's “Doctoral Programme in Environmental Law” was during some years, splitted into two groups, one in Alicante and th eother one in Mexico, thanks to an agreement in this respect with the Autonomous University of Mexico (UAM).
B) Official Postgraduate Programme and Official Master's Programme in Environmental and Sustainable Development Law (MADAS)
From the academic year 2006-2007, the aforesaid doctoral programme was substituted by new University of Alicante “Oficial Postgraduate Programme in Environmental and Sustainable Development Law”, adapted to the provisions of Royal Decree 56/2005, of 21 January, by which official postgraduate programme are controlled, and whose implementation were authorized by a Resolution of the General-Directorate for Universities and Higher Education of the Generalitat Valenciana (DOGV núm. 5.270, of 31 May 2006); Programme made up by the “Official Master's Programme in Environmental and Sustainable Development Law” (MADAS), and a Doctoral Programme with its own research lines.
The initial Syllabus of the Master's Programme with 60 ECTS credits developed in just one academic year, although, from of the academic year 2007-2008, and pursuant to a modification, started to be allowed 72 ECTS credits and developed in two academic years. The new Syllabus -which wil start to be taught during the academic year 2010-2011- will be again awarded 60 ECTS credits, developed in only one academic year.
A specific international university collaboration agreement between the University of Alicante and the University of Valle Itajaí (UNIVALI) in Brazil, regrading MADAS and the Postgraduate Programme Strictu Sensu in Legal Science -of the latter, has provided students of both programmes, an accreditation of the other university of up to 50% of credits in the respective study programmes.
Master's Programme in Environmental and Sustainable Development Law
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