Environmental Legislation & Planning

Course code ENVS2002Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The course considers Australian legal frameworks and international conventions, and their implications for environmental control. The course then turns attention to examine the NSW environmental planning system of land use and development control, and the types of environmental assessments required to achieve a greater understanding of the environmental impacts of proposals. The course also examines a range of NSW environmental regulatory approaches and issues through topics and case studies selected from: terrestrial and marine protected areas, pollution control, sustainability, Native Title and Indigenous cultural heritage, biodiversity and threatened species, marine and fisheries, and resource management. Students will gain an appreciation of command and control versus market based mechanisms. The importance of sustainability and social values, public participation, and the precautionary principle for effective environmental legislation and planning is addressed.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Understand the legal framework that exists for environmental laws in the Commonwealth and NSW, including the role of international agreements
2. Display an understanding of the NSW environmental planning system
3. Identify and explain the constraints on development imposed by environmental planning and pollution control statutes, and have knowledge of the various types of environmental assessments that need to be undertaken
4. Understand the frameworks of, and critically assess, key areas of NSW environmental regulation, such as threatened species and biodiversity, protected areas, resource management and cultural heritage.
ContentTopics to be chosen from:
- Australian legal and political systems and their relation to environmental control;
- The role of international agreements for environmental law in Australia;
- Federal environmental legislation (EPBC Act);
- NSW land use planning system;
- NSW system of development control and environmental assessment;
- The role of public participation in planning;
- Command and control vs. market based mechanisms;
- Ecologically sustainable development and legislation;
- Threatened species and biodiversity;
- Pollution Control;
- Native title and cultural heritage legislation;
- Protected areas (marine & terrestrial);
- Aquatic/wetlands legislations;
- Conservation on private land;
- Marine and fisheries legislations;
- Resource management frameworks and regulation.
Replacing Course(s)ENVS2010 Environmental Legislation & Planning
TransitionNot to count for credit with ENVS2010.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Weekly Tutorial Exercises
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS2002