The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.



  • Trimester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain fundamental concepts in environmental law and policy

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

3. Examine and analyse legal approaches to pollution control, environmental planning and natural resource management

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

5. Critically examine implementation issues associated with environmental regulation and environmental regimes


Topics will include: Foundations of environmental law and policy ESD and environmental law and policy Legal approaches to managing global commons Legal approaches to managing global biodiversity Legal approaches to managing 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

Written Assignment: Written Assignments/Essays: Critiques

Online Learning Activity: Online Tutorial Discussion Group Facilitation

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term