- Code ENVS6315
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Human Ecology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science , Resource and Environmental Management , Sustainable Development
All aspects of environmental and natural resource management are shaped by the law in some way. The law is used to define how, and by whom decisions that impact upon the environment are made. Law imposes obligations upon individuals, institutions and governments; it is used to determine who is, or is not accountable for decisions and their consequences. The law can be used to bring the resources of the state to permit or prohibit actions and allow choices whether they benefit or harm the environment.
This course offers environmental science, management and policy students an introduction to the workings of the Australian legal system and how the law and relevant institutions are used to affect environmental decision making. While introducing key environmental legislation the course explores how law is shaped by those with vested interests in the outcome and how law is applied, or ignored, in environmental decision making. You will gain a critical understanding of the law and its role in environmental decision making.
Learning OutcomesOn completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Explain the role of parliaments, courts and the executive in the Australian legal system.
2. Explain the role and separation of responsibility between the States, Territories and the Commonwealth in the Australian federation.
3. Identify and explain key pieces of environmental legislation in different jurisdictions.
4. Discuss and compare the role of institutions in the development and enforcement of environmental law in different jurisdictions.
5. Critically discuss the role of law as a factor in environmental decision making in different jurisdictions and contexts.
Indicative AssessmentTake-home exam 25% (LO 1,2)
Research project report, 4000 words 55% (LO 3,4,5)
Oral presentation and workshop facilitation 20% (LO 3,4,5)
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WorkloadIntensive course run 12 - 15 September and 7 - 10 November 2016.
A total of 130 hours, including 8 days of on-campus classes, plus individual research on a nominated case study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be provided online via Wattle
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|6779||12 Sep 2016||12 Sep 2016||30 Sep 2016||21 Nov 2016||In Person|