Available in 2022
Course code

LAWS6020

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course provides advanced and integrated knowledge of the legal framework relating to protection and use of the natural environment. This framework has arisen from government policy formulation and the emergence of community values concerning the preservation, development and use of the natural environment. Special attention will be given to the understanding of key pieces of environmental assessment and approval legislation at NSW and Commonwealth level and the role of common law principles that seek to regulate degradation, protection and use of the natural environment. The course will draw on relevant interdisciplinary material to complement legal analysis of environmental problems. Students will also learn about the domestic implementation of international obligations in the Australian context. Students will have opportunities to engage with topical and emerging issues in environmental law and policy at various points in the course.


Availability

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate advanced and critical understanding of the role of domestic and international law in regulating the degradation, protection and use of the natural environment in Australia.

2. Apply specialised knowledge of key pieces of environmental assessment and approval legislation at NSW and Commonwealth level.

3. Critically reflect and evaluate the socio-political context of environmental law and policy in the Australian context.

4. Apply specialised knowledge of key elements of the international legal regimes relating to ozone depletion and climate change to critically evaluate the effectiveness of these regimes.

5. Demonstrate autonomy and expert judgment in carrying out research of specialised legal and policy issues relating to environmental regulation.

6. Prepare and present cogent arguments orally and in writing.


Content

The topics in this course include:

  1. Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy;
  2. Introduction to International Environmental Law;
  3. The Commonwealth Environmental Assessment and Approval Process;
  4. The NSW Environmental Assessment and Approval Process;
  5. Climate change and environmental law;
  6. Select topics in NSW and Australian environmental law (eg biodiversity conservation, coastal management);
  7. Contemporary Issues in Environmental Law and Policy.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000 Legal System and Method I and LAWS6001 Legal System and Method II, or LAWS1010 Legal System and Method I and LAWS1011 Legal System and Method II, or LAWS1001A & LAWS1001B Legal System and Method Parts A & B;

LAWS6002A Torts Part A or LAWS6120 Torts I, or LAWS1003A Torts Part A or LAWS1020 Torts I;

LAWS6002B Torts Part B or LAWS6121 Torts II, or LAWS1003B Torts Part B or LAWS1021 Torts II;

LAWS6003A & LAWS6003B Criminal Law & Procedure Part A & B, or LAWS6130 Criminal Law & Procedure, or LAWS2004A & LAWS2004B Criminal Law & Procedure Parts A & B, or LAWS2030 Criminal Law & Procedure;

LAWS6004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS6140 Contracts I, or LAWS3004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS3040 Contracts I;

LAWS6004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS6141 Contracts II, or LAWS3004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS3041 Contracts I.


Assessment items

Participation: Compulsory Attendance Requirement

Written Assignment: Take Home Assessment

Written Assignment: Essay

Written Assignment: Current Issues synopses

Quiz: Online Quiz


Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.