The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

LAWS6020

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course provides advanced and integrated knowledge of the legal response to degradation, protection and use of the natural environment. This legal response 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 learn about Ozone Depletion and Climate Change and the differing approaches to domestic implementation of international obligations. A blended learning format will enable active learning and encourage student engagement with topical issues.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

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 a 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. International Law and Ozone Depletion.
  3. International Law and Climate Change.
  4. The Commonwealth Environmental Assessment and Approval Process.
  5. The NSW Environmental Assessment and Approval Process.
  6. The Legal framework for Biodiversity Conservation in NSW.
  7. Contemporary Issues in Environmental Law and Policy

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000 Legal System and Method I, and LAWS6001 Legal System and Method II

LAWS6002A Torts Part A, or LAWS6120 Torts I

LAWS6002B Torts Part B, or LAWS6121 Torts II

LAWS6003A & LAWS6003B Criminal Law & Procedure Part A & B, or LAWS6130 Criminal Law & Procedure

LAWS6004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS6140 Contracts I

LAWS6004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS6141 Contracts II

LAWS6005 Property


Assessment items

Participation: Online & Class Participation

Written Assignment: Take Home Exam

Written Assignment: Essay


Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Blended learning online learning module for four hours equivalent in week two.