The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

ENVS6510

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

Focuses on the basic legislative and policy requirements for environmental protection in Australian and international contexts. Different legislative approaches and the role of planning and policy in the regulation of development are explored, and case studies are analysed in demonstrating the role of legislation in environmental protection.


Availability

Online

  • Trimester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain fundamental concepts in environmental law and policy

2. Explain how international environmental law is incorporated into environmental policies of national and state governments

3. Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of contemporary legislation and policy settings in managing key environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity and natural resource management

4. Analyse the politico-economic issues underlying environmental policy formulation at an international and domestic level

5. Critically evaluate implementation of environmental legislation, regulation and policy

6. Demonstrate skills in communication that are relevant to environmental policy

7. Demonstrate skills in research that are relevant and would help inform the development of environmental policy


Content

Topics will include:

  • Foundations of environmental law and policy
  • ESD and environmental law and policy
  • Legal approaches to managing global commons, global biodiversity, and natural resources
  • Environmental regulation: past, present and future
  • Environmental policy and planning
  • Politico-economic aspects of environmental legislation and policy formulation
  • Implementation, compliance and enforcement - critical perspectives

Assessment items

Essay: Essay 1

Online Learning Activity: Group Facilitation: Issues paper and online discussion

Essay: Essay 2

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion


Contact hours

Online

Online Activity

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Five hours per week engaging with online material and five hours per week of self directed learning