This course will examine law as it impacts the community's ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a natural hazard event with a particular focus on bushfires, but with learning outcomes that can be applied across all hazards.
The course is designed to ensure that students gain a comprehensive understanding of common features, and differences, in the relevant law across the Australian jurisdictions. With this understanding students will be able to critically analyse the law, identify how current law and policy hinders, or helps, the Australian community to live with natural hazards, in particular fire, and make informed proposals for law and policy reform.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of this course a student will:
- understand the key principles of emergency management law in Australia;
- appreciate the breadth, the common features and the differences of emergency management law across the Australian jurisdictions;
- be able to critically analyse emergency management law within various contexts and to evaluate laws against procedural and substantive criteria
Other InformationThis in as intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Assessment will be by way of a case study relating to an Australian disaster where students will identify legal issues that arose in the preparation for, response to, or recovery from, that event. Students may use as a case study any disaster response they have been involved with, or one of the major Australian events, such as the 1967 Hobart Fires, 1974 Cyclone Tracy, 1983 Ash Wednesday Fires, 2003 fires in NSW and the ACT or the 2009 Black Saturday fires.
Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
The assessment will likely be:
- Precis identifying the event that they will study, the issues they expect to explore and a brief annotated bibliography of relevant reading (15%)
- Comments on the precis filed by at least 2 other students (10%)
- Research paper (75%)
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26 contact hours (4 day intensive delivery) plus private study and reading time
Requisite and Incompatibility
Students, in particular those who do not have a legal background, should read Michael Eburn, Emergency Law (4th ed, Federation Press, 2013)
A reading guide will be available on the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- 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.
Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5715||15 Jun 2016||15 Jun 2016||24 Jun 2016||29 Jul 2016||In Person||N/A|