• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stephen Dovers
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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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.


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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  1. understand the basis of environmental policy and how it is developed and implemented in Australia and other relevant jurisdictions;
  2. describe and evaluate key environmental public policies;
  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 the preparation of written material relevant to the public policy sphere.

Indicative Assessment

Regular attendance and participation in class work is required, and participation in tutorials is compulsory. 

  1. 750 word policy brief (25%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  2. 2,500 word essay (40%) (LO 1, 2, 3 4)
  3. Tutorial facilitation (25%) (LO 2, 3, 4)
  4. Tutorial preparation and participation (10%)

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52 contact hours comprising one two-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial per week.  Students must also attend one two-hour “masterclass” seminar in the semester and a public seminar  (students choose any relevant seminars held at the ANU, with the guidance of the convener). Substantial preparation is required for weekly tutorials.

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




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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3386 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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