• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Human Sciences More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Katherine Daniell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6528
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Grounded in the discipline of public policy, the course considers the complexities around public policy-making for the environment and sustainability. The course considers how policy is made and the institutional settings within which it is made, how problems and policies are framed, implemented and evaluated, and the inherent challenges in choosing appropriate policy instruments to meet an objective. The course focuses particularly on Australia's public policy and institutional settings, but comparisons with international case studies will be made. Interactive lectures and tutorials provide students with opportunities to analyse specific environmental policy issues in theoretical frameworks and over different time scales. Topics explored include water and climate policy, sustainability in business and industry, public and civil society participation in policy-making, and the relationship between international environmental policy and Australian environmental policy.

Students should be aware that this course involves substantial group-work for a number of assessment tasks.

Honours Pathway Option

Subject to the approval of the course convenor; students taking this option must complete an extra piece of reading each week and give an analysis of its relevance and importance to environmental policy.  Students will also give a seminar to the class based on their research essay.  All other assessment and requirements remain the same. 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and examine the basis of environmental policy and how it is developed and implemented in Australia, as well as in other relevant jurisdictions;
  2. Describe and evaluate key environmental public policies, as well as information and tools to support them;
  3. Evaluate alternative choices of policy design and policy instruments in the context of major environment and sustainability issues, including in both Australian and international contexts; and
  4. Employ advanced research, writing and presentation skills, including to construct written material relevant to the public policy sphere.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on an individual student-negotiated weighting across the following:

  • Policy brief (15-25%; LO 1- 4)
  • Tutorial organisation and facilitation (15-30%; LO 1-4)
  • Course reflection journal (15-30%; LO 1-4)
  • Policy research project report (30-55%; LO 1-4)

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Workload

48 contact hours comprising one two-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial per week.   Substantial preparation is required for weekly tutorials, as well as out-of-hours work to prepare group work and individual assignments (72 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 96 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES3028 or ENVS6528.

Preliminary Reading

Dovers, S. (2005) Environment and Sustainability Policy: creation, implementation, evaluation. Sydney: The Federation Press.

Althaus, C., Bridgman, P. and Davis, G. (2007) The Australian Policy Handbook. (4th edition). Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

Dovers, S and Wild River, S. (eds) (2003) Managing Australia's Environment, The Federation Press.

[Tutorial readings will be available from the course website after the first week of semester.]

Assumed Knowledge

96 units or written approval of the course convenor.

Areas of Interest

  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Human Sciences
  • Policy Studies

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3225 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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